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Gibson / L4CN (1st Year) / 1949 / Natural / Guitar For Sale

The very 1st year of production for an L4C or L4CN. These guitars are a working mans way of owning a carved solid spruce topped arch top guitar. 16" wide solid spruce top and the size of an ES175TD but acoustic whereas the 175 had a laminated top (and 2 P-90s of course).

This natural example is from the 1st year of the model and bears a white label A 43XX serial # and just sounds heavenly. The whole point of these guitars is to PROJECT past the louder instruments and boy DOES IT!! Beautiful Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and 1+11/16 width at the nut. Nice round full C shape neck profile but not huge. Plenty of playwear on the back mid section of the neck.

The reason it is not priced up with many of the others (6-$7500) is because though in beautiful shape there is some neck wear. The tuners are newer Kluson deluxe's "no line". era appropriate repros And there are 2 well fixed side cracks bass side mid body. You can see them if you look closely (pics 13 and 16). Frets are orig and have plenty of dings but they don't get in the way of playing and aesthetically can be prettied up with a topping but they are functional as is.

It has a nice tight grain on top and sounds like a bell. The original pick guard (in case) has been cut for a floating pick up so going electric is easy BUT friend and Luthier Steve.Soest built me another using NEW OLD STOCK 1940s Gibson BWB material he bought up YEARS ago!! Comes in an era correct brown speckled soft shell case (see pix)

Dan Yablonka Guitars, USA  

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Dan Yablonka
Fender, Gibson, Martin Fender Weissenborn
Vintage Guitars
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By appointment. DanYablonka(at)yahoo(dot)com Phone 949 280-4743

Dan Yablonka has been a player/buyer/seller of vintage guitars since 1976 and also is a published songwriter with such companies as Atlantic, Criterion, Flapjack's Music and more and as a result is still very active as a player. This means that along with wanting pristine collectables like everybody else it also allows us to pay more attention to your reasonably priced player's pieces for sale or needs for such pieces. For more about Dan see "written Articles" at  **** NOTE TO CUSTOMERS. FOR A MYRIAD OF REASONS WE We ARE NO LONGER DOING BUSINESS WITK AUSTRALIA.


You are welcome to make an appointment to have a guitar appraised. Dan Yablonka has over 30 years experience in the field of authenticity verification.

Dan has seen it all, from flat out forgery to priceless '50's guitars spray painted with Rustoleum. His integrity and pursuit of complete accuracy have resulted in the accumulation of an invaluable wealth of knowledge. His rates are extremely modest considering the level of protection that he offers his clients.

Dan will utilize whatever resources necessary to ascertain an instrument's age as well as the origin of it's most minute components. The priceless commodity that he is most renowned for dealing in is THE TRUTH.

Payment: PayPal, Cash, Personal Check, Money Order/Cashier's check, Wire transfers or Western Union. Pay Pal, Credit Cards through Pay Pal only, and wire transfers are offered as a convenience for far away buyers and all extra expenses are the customer's responsibilty. Theres not enough profit in Vintage guitars to pay out 4% additional. Any time that a deposit is taken for any special arrangements or "holds" it is non refundable. To have these rules work in your favor all transactions need to be completed or deposited on w/in 5 days.

Shipping: Buyer pays shipping. Shipping will be determined on a case by case basis so as to include size, weight, distance, insured amount and method requested. Shipping is paid by customer both ways on any returns.

Returns: All parties buying through the mail or offsite are allowed a 24 hour approval/inspection period on ALL guitars, unless discussed otherwise, to make sure they are keeping their purchase (but not amps to keep shipping delicate amps back and forth to a minimum and not on parts either ... too many guys doing "switcharoo's" or wrecking them trying to install them and then trying to send them back ... sorry ... you have to reap the behavior of so many others). Buyer pays shipping. Payments must be received within 5 working days of anything placed on HOLD. When you receive the guitar your 24 hour return includes 1 day to receive it and approve or not and you must contact me. Don't just put it in the mail ..... and 2 extra days (72 hours total time) to resend it and I require a tracking number back from the customer the day of shipping and gladly supply the same to customer upon request and orig sale. I do strictly adhere to these rules. I don't mean to sound tough here but you would be amazed at the liberties taken in recent past! Thanks for your understanding and adherence. ALL Outside the USA sales are final due to extended "visits" through customs and some countries laxed attitude about shipping on time.


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