Gibson 1950's L-50 Sunburst Archtop Guitar - Used  From Gibson Guitars

This sunburst L-50 is an incredible playing blast from the past!

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Condition: Used, Very Good (significant finish wear) 

Just a solid, solid acoustic archtop.  It's got that lively but still warm, organic tone we all want out of old Gibsons.  After a light dress and setup from our luthier, it's probably playing better than it did brand spankin' new.  Whether you're chunking out rhythm, wandering a winding chord melody path, or just sitting back to pick out tunes on a piece of American history, this gorgeous Gibson has you covered!

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

The home of Gibson electric guitars today is "Gibson USA," built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson's Les Paul guitars. Although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late '70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at Gibson. In response to a growing demand for vintage stylings, Gibson tapped its rich history  and reissued the dot-neck version of the ES-335 in 1981 and the flametop sunburst Les Paul in 1982. At the same time, two legendary guitarists joined Gibson- B.B. King in 1980 with the Lucille model and Chet Atkins in 1982 with his new concept of a solidbody acoustic guitar.

Gibson world headquarters moved to Nashville in 1984 with the closing of the Kalamazoo plant. The financially troubled company was rescued in January 1986 by Henry Juszkiewicz and David Berryman, and the new owners quickly restored Gibson's reputation for quality as well as its profitability.

 

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

Gibson Guitars

About Manufacturer

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

Specifications

Style: Archtop

Top: Spruce

Back & Sides: Maple

Lower Bout Width: 16"

Neck: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood

Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood

Inlay: Pearl Blocks

Scale Length: 25"

Nut: Bone

Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Tuner: Kluson (non-functioning originals included in case)

Bridge: Trapeze 

Case: Hardshell (if not original, period correct)