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Old 06-19-04, 07:44 PM   #1
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1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

My friend, who plays bass in the band, casually mentioned (!) that he now has his dad's 1947 L7 and wondered what it might be worth. He sent me these pics along with the story. OMG it's a beauty!










Here's the history:

"My dad received it when he was a teenager, so that would have been sometime about in the mid 40's. He and a bunch of his rustic friends had a garage country band, back in the day, he told me, before that type of music was called "country", even back before it was "country and western". In those days it was called "hillbilly" music, at least by his mother and his circle of friends in Clifton NJ. This band was called The Four Cloverleafs, or something like that. They played mainly for their own entertainment, but every now and then they would appear in their matching cowboy shirts at some hootenanny sponsored by the local radish farmer co-op or something. I don't think you'll find them on Napster. I happened across some of his old sheet music once; songs like "Feudin' and Fighin", "Pistol Packin' Mama", "I'm A-Brandin' My Darlin'"; you get the idea. I remember him playing that guitar off and on when I was growing up in the 60s. We lived in Washington DC for three years around 1970, and at that time the National Cathedral had folk-music worship services in the basement (which in a cathedral is actually called the "crypt") at which you brought your own guitar, sat on the steps of one of four magnificent stairways that came out of each corner of this sinister-looking room (with iron grates leading off to the tombs and names of dead Episcopalian bishops carved into the walls) and sang "Jesus Met The Woman At The Well" and "Who's That Guy With The Beard" (really). I remember going to these services with my parents (my Mom had a cheap nylon-string guitar) and grooving on the sound of 50 or so guitars reverberating through a room with stone walls, a stone ceiling, and a stone floor. But I'd say from about that time to now the L7's been basically moved from one basement to another."


Based on the serial number, it was built in 1947. Anyone have any other info on this guitar and also what it might be worth?

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Old 06-20-04, 01:30 AM   #2
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Thats such a beautiful instrument. Is you friend asking what it is worth because he wants to sell it, or is he just curious? I dont think I could ever bring myself to sell such a "family" instrument. Try to get him to keep it!

Wow, just amazing!
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Old 06-20-04, 07:12 AM   #3
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

He's at least curious. I don't know if he's thinking about selling it but he did ask what I thought it was worth.

Yes, it is amazing! I need to ask him to bring it to rehearsal so I can hold it.
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Old 06-20-04, 09:54 AM   #4
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Here is a link to gBase

I've been looking at these lately and find that they normally go between $1500 and $2500 depending on the year, condition, and finish.
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Old 06-20-04, 12:51 PM   #5
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Btw, it looks like a floating P-90, attached to the pickguard, would be just the ticket. What kind of bracket do you need to make it work?
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Old 06-20-04, 03:07 PM   #7
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

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Btw, it looks like a floating P-90, attached to the pickguard, would be just the ticket. What kind of bracket do you need to make it work?
You might be best looking for one specificly made to attach to the pickgaurd. I think a regular P90 is going to be way too big for that without altering the top.
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

PLEASE don't to try to make that guitar into something it doesn't want to be -- amplified. Any attempts will just leave you frustrated with the poor results (terrible tone, uncontrollable feedback, etc)and most likely put a bunch of unnecessary holes in that beautiful guitar. Get it set up well and just dig it the way it is for what it is -- a gorgeous heirloom vintage carved top instrument. If whoever owns it wants to play an archtop amplified, there are tons of great ES guitars available at a variety of prices (from pretty low: ES125s to higher priced 175s) that will do the amplified archtop thing much better. Rant over, sorry -- IMHO, YMMV, etc.
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Good advice. I haven't even touched it yet and I'm thinking about ways to change it.

BUT, I wasn't thinking about drilling holes - just looking for ideas for pickups that clip on to the pickguard.

Anyway, it's not my guitar - though I wish it was....
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Old 06-21-04, 01:02 AM   #10
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Judging by the pickguard, it had something a while ago. Do you see any mounting screw holes?
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

you are so right gitarzilla

there was an old epiphone triumph for sale in the crummy local music shop near where i live...i tried to get it cheap hoping they didn't know what they had...anyways...some guy bought it, fitted a pickup and sanded it down...the poor thing had survived 50 years untouched until some twat bought it and ruined it.

that L7 deserves to be left 'as is'.
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Depending on condition the '40s L7s, have been pushing $3500, ********** has an L7N for $3700. or so. You can get them cheaper, but they usually have issues, cracks, etc.
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

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Depending on condition the '40s L7s, have been pushing $3500, ********** has an L7N for $3700. or so. You can get them cheaper, but they usually have issues, cracks, etc.
I guessed at what ********** stood for, but guessed wrong. Can you give me a hint?
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Re: 1947 Gibson L7 - Great pics

Common term to describe the rear trunk seat of a '31 Model A Ford 5 window coupe. Back to the L7s, the Natural finished ones usually sell for a considerable amount more than the Sunburst models.
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