Vintage 1932 - 1934 Gibson L-7 L-10 Incredible 16" Lloyd Loar L-5 Body Style - Picture Frame Inlays

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A fantastic

VCP is offering a super SUPER rare 1932 - 1934 Gibson L-7 or L-10!

First off, this guitar is a CANNON.  It has a sparkling mid-range voice that will immediately transport you back to the days and sound of Carl Kress, Charlie Christian or Oscar Moore.  So much piano like clarity and buoyancy to the tone of these original 20's and 30's 16" archtops it's beyond superlatives - you just have to HEAR it when it's in your hands.  The "model" of this guitar has faded from the original white label.  So we can only surmise that this example is either:
  • A 1934 L-7 that has the rare upgrade of the "picture frame" inlays that would become the standard on this model a few years later
  • A 1934 L-10 (which had picture frame inlays standard at this time) that was refinished from the original black to the current sunburst
In either case, the two models share identical woods, scale, measurements, etc!

If you always admired the superlative L-5's of the 1920's, but blanched at their astronomical prices, this is a guitar you should know about. Many folks feel that Gibson never surpassed the classic lines and magnificent tone of the original Lloyd Loar body design. The guitars are extraordinarily lightweight, with elegantly slim f-holes and some of the most delicately carved tops Gibson ever made. The resulting instruments possess a richness and transparency that is remarkable for instruments of any size.

This particular archtop has seen some battles. It's a true survivor and sounds amazing as it sits, even still, there is an amazing amount of potential to bring this beauty back to it's full glory.   There are a few minor issues such as what appear to be a few repaired top cracks.   The center seam is opening a bit underneath the tailpiece and ideally should be re-glued.   There is some possible re-finish or overspray work, but it's so old it's tough to tell if, or when, this was done. The tailpiece does appear to be a replacement that is fitted with a 1/4" jack should you choose to mount some sort of a passive pickup in the bridge or a floating pickup in the neck.   The tuners are the original open-gear grovers and the bridge is also original.  The action is a bit high, and while not in dire need of a neck reset, one may consider that as an option down the road.   All of these things have been factored into the pricing of this very rare L-7 or L-10!  A newer hardcase is incldued as pictured.

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