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Gibson / L7 / 1936 / Sunburst / Guitar

The L-7 was Gibson's most popular 17" guitar, with the same size, scale and materials as the more expensive L-5, yet interestingly the L-7 of this era had much more ornate inlays. The guitar features a handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top; solid handcarved maple back, sides and neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and compensated bridge, ornate mother of pearl "picture frame" fingerboard inlays; older script Gibson peghead logo with "vase and curlicue" inlay; and bound body, fingerboard and headstock. During the mid to late 30's Gibson used an X-brace support system for the first time in their professional archtop guitars, this gives a warm woody tone, with greater sustain and bass response. This is a beautiful and hard to find example of a 30's Gibson archtop, in a great looking tobacco burst finish. The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable neck with low action all the way up the neck, making it a dream to play, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. It's in excellent condition for a 83 year old guitar, all original other than exact replacement Grover open back tuners, with no cracks or repairs. It also has a K and K archtop pickup fitted with volume and tone controls mounted underneath the pickguard - this can easily be removed if the next owner wants the guitar to return to it’s original condition. The guitar even comes in it's original hard case. 

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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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