Circa 1950 Gibson L-48


First, the bad news (relax, it’s not too bad). This one has been refinished, and not particularly well. Also, the tuners have been replaced, albeit with nice repro Klusons, and the bridge has been replaced at some point. Now, the good news – it’s a functional, good-playing, good-sounding Kalamazoo-made Gibson 16″-wide archtop acoustic in need of no major repairs. Laminated mahogany top and sides, laminated maple back, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, “dot attached to G” silkscreened headstock logo, and a single-ply nitrocellulose pickguard, for well under a thousand bucks. Crisp and articulate, low action, comes in later generic chipboard case.