An All-acoustic Update of the Legendary L-7 Archtop!
The L-7C from Gibson Acoustic is the only true acoustic archtop guitar to be built in Gibson's Bozeman, Montana shop. Under the watchful eye of Gibson's Master Luthier Ren Ferguson, Gibson Acoustic recreated the L-7 of the 1940s, bringing forward the effortless playability afforded by a Venetian cutaway and the big sound of a 17-inch body to the L-7C. This is truly a beautiful instrument that inspires you to play. Tap into the legacy of Gibson with the L-7C!Gibson Acoustic L-7C 6-string Acoustic Archtop Guitar at a Glance:
- Body Tonewoods
- Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
- Nitrocellulose Finish
The body of the L-7C acoustic archtop is molded from the body design of Gibson's fabled J-200, but with "F" holes instead of the regular soundhole found on most acoustics. The top of the L-7C is made from beautiful AAA-grade Engleman spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Eastern curly maple, giving it all the deep, rich tone expected from a 17-inch body. Selecting the right wood - and the formula to dry it out - are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with "the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities," and today's guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's L-7C acoustic archtop is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The L-7C's split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother-of-pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge-instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, enhancing the playability of the L-7C.Bracing
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument's sound projection.
The lightweight bracing pattern inside the L-7C acoustic archtop is a recreation of the acoustic archtop "X" bracing used by Gibson in the early 1900s. Like the bracing inside Gibson's famed Super Jumbos, the archtop "X" bracing pattern is constructed to support and strengthen a very large surface, thus allowing the top more freedom of movement and focusing the sound toward the center of the body. The result is maximum sound projection, and Gibson's incomparable acoustic tone.Nitrocellulose Finish
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson acoustic guitar - including the L-7C - is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. Unlike the polyurethane finishes used by many guitar manufacturers, a nitrocellulose lacquer finish is porous when cured, allowing the wood to naturally "breathe" and mature. Microscopically thin, the finish on a Gibson acoustic guitar first requires seven main coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. After drying overnight, the initial seven coats are then level sanded and given two additional coats. Left to dry for five additional days, the finish is then wet sanded and buffed to its final glass-like sheen.
The time-consuming nature of applying a nitro finish has been employed ever since the first Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894. Why? For starters, a nitro finish means there is less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. It's also a softer finish, making it easily repairable. You can touch up a scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can't do the same on a poly finish.Hardware
Gibson Acoustic's L-7C features Gotoh's pearloid keystone button tuners. With a gear ratio of 15:1, these Gotoh tuners deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage, with a special lubricant inside the gear box for smooth and accurate tuning stability.
The pickguard for the Custom L-7C Acoustic Archtop is a beveled and elevated black archtop pickguard, exclusive to the Custom L-7C. As with all of Gibson Acoustic's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand and the body is moved into the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100 years, and is a fundamental part of Gibson Acoustic 's rich guitar-making history.Gibson Acoustic L-7C 6-string Acoustic Archtop Guitar Features:
- 6-string acoustic archtop
- AAA Engleman spruce top
- AAA Eastern curly maple back and sides
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Gotoh pearloid keystone button tuners
- Vintage Sunburst nitrocellulose finish
- Hand-scalloped "X" bracing
- 17" body