Gibson L-7 Owned and used by Adam Levy Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1946)

Gibson  L-7 Owned and used by Adam Levy Arch Top Acoustic Guitar  (1946)
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Gibson L-7 Owned and used by Adam Levy Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1946), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 98556, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, maple back and sides, spruce top; laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This beautiful Gibson L-7 was made a just after end of WWII, when the company was beginning to return to full time instrument production after years of primarily war work. The L-7 was one of the instruments that helped Gibson get up and running again, along with several flat-top models. This was Gibson's workhorse pro-grade 17" archtop guitar, offering professional features and sound without flash (or price tag) of the venerable L-5. The L-7 was a very popular model and proved a staple of the company's line for many years and proved a favorite of many pro players, even some who could have afforded a higher end model!

Features specific to this era include the older pre-war Gibson script headstock logo and the tuners, wartime flat-base Kluson individual units with riveted gears and plastic buttons. The neck has a round and fairly chunky profile, though not so thick as some wartime guitars. The warm sunburst top and dark finished back have thick triple celluloid binding; the fingerboard and headstock are single-bound. The rosewood fingerboard features the double parallelogram inlay that became a post-war Gibson trademark. The tailpiece and bridge are typical period Gibson fittings; the pickguard has been replaced over time.

This guitar does not seem to have seen too much professional use since the 1940s. It remains pretty much as it left Kalamazoo. This purely acoustic L-7 a wonderful player with a quite versatile tone, well capable of sounding sweet while having a substantial reserve for pushing into swing rhythm territory. This guitar has been in the arsenal of well-know session guitarist Adam Levy for some time, and has been well but carefully played in to full sonic bloom.
Overall length is 42 3/8 in. (107.6 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

Despite the 7+ decades since it was made this remains a lovely original guitar. There is some scuffing and checking to the finish on the face with dings, scratches and chips here and there, but overall it is very nicely preserved. The back center seam has been resealed down from the heel, and up from the tailblock. There are no other cracks to the instrument.

The guitar has been neatly refretted with period correct wire and the fingerboard trued, so playability is excellent. The pickguard is a later replacement, all other hardware is original. This very fine sounding L-7 is housed in a modern HSC. Excellent Condition.