1940’s Gibson L48 acoustic Guitar

The Blue Book Says…..

Gibson L-48

– arched mahogany top, f-holes, raised black pickguard, bound body, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, adjustable rosewood bridge/trapeze tailpiece, blackface peghead with screened logo, three-per-side tuners, available in Cremona Brown Sunburst finish, mfg. 1946-1970.


I say….

Reputedly this guitar was manufactured between 1945 and 1950 – according to the last owner.  It was definitely made before 1957, as Gibson switched to a Mahogany body in 1957.

At some stage somebody has retrofitted a type of magnetic pickup to this.  I have not been able to find out what kind of a pickup it is, but it’s fully working with it’s own volume and tone, Jack socket on the lower side.

Tonally the guitar acoustically is pretty standard stuff for the Jazz styled “comping” that you can imagine it was used for.  Plugged in it makes you change your name to Robert and wish that you had darker skin….  Blues, Jazz it can do it all – a really full low end and a sparkly high.  I have replaced the rather shocking capacitor that was in the electrics with a sprague orange drop 0.02µF – seems fine….

This guitar has a great selection of knocks and scrapes, and clearly has had a broken headstock at some point in its life. – I think of it more as battle scars – and each one has a tale to tell from a historic era.

Comes in a great old case that I also believe to be original – faux croc exterior and blue felt inside.