| Brand: || Gibson || Model Year: || 1954 |
| Body Type: || Hollow || Body Material: || Maple |
| Dexterity: || Right-Handed || Series: || L-7C |
| String Configuration: || 6 String || Model: || L-7C |
| Country/Region of Manufacture: || United States || UPC: || Does not apply |
1954 Gibson L-7C with P90 pickup (Orange label SN A20502) Offered here is my spectacular 1954 Gibson L-7C with P90 pickup (Orange label SN A20502). This is a very special guitar.
Provenance: The story of this guitar is one of mystery and new beginnings. The mystery is no one knows who originally purchased it in 1954. He must have been wanting a special jazz sound as he almost certainly ordered the guitar from the factory with the P90 pickup and controls installed. The mystery continues for several decades until the guitar ended up in the hands of noted Rhode Island luthier Mark Campellone in the early 1990s. No one knows the guitar’s history before Mark acquired and restored it. About the sound of the guitar and the pickup Mark has written in correspondence to me: “I remember…really liking the electric sound of the guitar—bright, clear, warm and woody—and was also surprised at how good it sounded acoustically, despite the top mounted pickup and controls. I found it interesting that the pickup and controls appeared to be factory original equipment—I’d never seen an L-7 outfitted what way—makes it a somewhat rare piece, in addition to being an all-around great guitar—I find myself now wishing I’d kept it….” He adds in an email to me: “I’ve never researched Gibson’s production numbers for L7 models—over the years I’ve owned about a dozen L7s--both cutaway ad non-cutaway, from late 30’s to early 60’s, and as I noted in my letter, yours is the only one I’ve ever come across with a factory original P90 pickup.” As I mentioned, Mark did restore the guitar. It had a bad place that required a patch along the rim near the jack. I’ve tried to show it in picture 11. Also, Mark did a complete Gibson refinish to the guitar—he learned the true Gibson technique in his early training. (About the finish he writes: “I have to admit that upon seeing your pictures of the L-7, I myself was impressed, thinking that if I didn’t know it was a re-fin, I would have assumed the finish to be original.”) Please look closely at the beautiful “blister maple” back. So, no, this is not a completely original 1954 L-7, but she has some remarkable features that have been brought back to their original luster through a master luthier’s gifted hands. Current Condition. I’m the second owner since Mark restored the guitar. It has two tiny surface bumps (not into the wood) on the lower top below the controls. See the last picture. The camera flash makes the bumps look kind of white; but they are both black and hardly noticeable. The pick-guard kind of dips in the middle. I don’t know if the guard is original. Along the back seam the nitro lacquer has separated ever so slightly near where the neck joins the body. It’s been this way for years and shows no sign of spreading. I bought the guitar several years back from a friend who bought it from Mark in 1997. So it has really been owned and played by only one player since its restoration. When I bought it I had big plans to play it regularly. But I acquired a Triggs 18” New Yorker—my dream box—and the Gibson has mostly sat in its case. I feel guilty having such a fine instrument sitting idle; it needs someone who will play it and bring out all the music that it has to offer. Other Specifications: · 1 3/4" nut · 17" lower bout · 3 3/8" depth · 25 1/2" scale length · Classic Gibson tuners - Neck is straight
The guitar comes with a super Gibson hardshell case. The lock on the case has never been used. It still has the directions for setting the lock. I’ve also add a new set of D’Addario Flat Wound strings. Buy with confidence: I've sold a number of guitars and many other items on eBay to buyers all over the US. Sorry that the camera flash causes some of the weird flashback that distorts the finish. The different angles of the pictures should help you see that the guitar is in great condition. The guitar will be shipped at priority to move it through the Postal System fast.