Gibson L-48 Late '50's, DeArmond Toaster, hard case

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Late 50's solid player. I have pulled this listing several times due to seller's regret. Back until...?
If you are looking for a classic late '50s Gibson neck and like vintage DeArmond pickups, this old boy could be the one. Swings all day. Tuning stable; good intonation. 

The full, rounded C neck is straight and true. The action is low (5/64" treble; 7/64" bass) even with heavy strings. It does not need a neck re-set. It does not need a re-fret. The neck joint is tight; heel block tight to body. New Kluson Supreme 18:1 tuners installed (direct, drop in replacements). Original Kluson tuners included. Currently set up with Acoustimag Pure Nickel roundwound 11s. For a couple of years I used Thomastik Jazz Swing 12s flatwounds on it as seen in some of the pictures. Output jack in the heel block. I believe the tailpiece is a replacement. The original wooden bridge is long gone. I prefer this roller bridge for a daily player. You can adjust the intonation, and it is much more comfortable.  No sharp edges to chafe the heel of your hand if you palm mute/rest your hand on the bridge.  Please note the side picture of the bridge/break angle. It has settled there through 3 sets of strings of various gauges. Intonation is set for that angle. It could easily be changed if you want to when you next change strings. Washers/spacers could be added between the base and thumbwheels. I've left it where it is. It's very stable and the intonation is good. The purple rubber band is a string mute, to cut out the plinky ghost overtones.

The DeArmond Toaster pickup, dated Feb 8, 1966 is hot and punchy; lot's of low end AND bright jangle on top that cuts through the mix live. With no tone control to attenuate, brighter than a P-90. Rapco V Cable volume control cable included. Nice swing/western swing/jump blues and Django tones.  Especially nice woody tone when played in Skip James' open Dm tuning. 

The Gibson factory order number is 2381 28. No letter stamp that I can see to confirm the year. The neck profile is identical to the 1959 ES-125t I had.  The Mahogany back and other details in Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars and the Vintage Guitar Price Guide suggest it is a '57 or '58 model.

This guitar has been loved and played! Lots of dings and dangs. Earned every wrinkle, gray hair and scar. Tried to show the various worn spots and finish flaws in the pictures. The binding is tight and solid. No cracks in the top. One repair; the previous owner's son put a dent in the lower treble bout. Two luthiers told me the same thing: It can be stabilized; and it will always show. The laminate veneer splinters rather than cracks, and this vintage Gibson brown finish is difficult to match. The repair was done and is very stable (see before/after pictures, including interior shot. The glue shows as a dark area). I did not pay for the extra time to try to hide a repair that would show. The beer bottle vinyl sticker covers and reinforces the area. Clean hard-shell acoustic case included. Nonsmoking, Covid free home.
Will ship insured.  The shipping cost shown is an estimate. If the actual cost to ship insured is less than the buyer pays, I will refund the difference. I have done that for several buyers recently.

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