Gibson Cromwell / L50 / 1939 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

During the Great Depression, Gibson realised that most people couldn’t afford their guitars, so they made more affordable versions under different names - Kalamazoo being the best known, but also Cromwell, Recording King, Fascinator and Carson Robison. These guitars were built to a slightly lower specification using lesser quality tone woods and lighter bracing. Now skip forward 80 odd years and a lot of these guitars are just fantastic, because the lighter build allows them to resonate more than their Gibson equivalents. This Cromwell archtop is the equivalent of a Gibson L50, with a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, and 16” wide body. The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable V profile neck, and a great playing action all the way along the fingerboard. For an 82 year old guitar, it’s in excellent condition, with just one repaired split next to the bass side F hole. The headstock now has a script Gibson logo which, although not original, has been done very tastefully. This guitar looks, feels and sounds great, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. It has a bridge pickup fitted with a jack socket mounted alongside the tailpiece, and works well. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

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