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    Gibson 1947 One Owner L-5P Premier Cutaway Acoustic Guitar Natural with Case

    Gibson 1947 One Owner L-5P Premier Cutaway Acoustic Guitar Natural with Case


    The guitar pictured is the actual guitar you will receive!

    At The Farm, we take actual pictures of each instrument and make sure they are fully set-up and ready to play before we ship them. Each instrument goes through a multi-point inspection, followed by a set-up process by our in-house tech staff. We then photograph each instrument with high-quality equipment in our on-site photography studio. We know that details like wood grain and color finishes can vary, so we want you to be able to see, to the best of our ability, exactly what you will be receiving.

    This process takes over an hour for each instrument - from inspection to pictures. We care about the instrument we put into your hands! Rest assured your guitar was not just plucked off of a shelf and drop-shipped to you from a warehouse without the care that it, and you, deserve.


    Under the direction of famed Gibson luthier Lloyd Loar,  the L-5 was Initially produced as an acoustic in 1922 and was Gibson’s first guitar with f-holes. In the 1940s the model became the rhythm box of choice for big band players. With their carved tops and backs, Orville Gibson’s fretted musical instruments were inspired by the construction methods used for violins, and by the late 1890s his groundbreaking designs had brought his company great success. Lloyd Loar, Gibson’s acoustic engineer, took Orville’s inspiration a step further in the early 1920s by designing a family of high-quality instruments with violin-style f-holes, which included the L-5 guitar. 

    The first 16" wide L-5's were made at the end of 1922 and received similar decorative adornments to the F-5, including the famous flowerpot headstock inlay. The 16" L-5 began to change after Loar left the company in 1924, with the most obvious cosmetic difference being the addition of pearl block fretboard inlays, rather than the original plain dots. It also eventually evolved into 17" width in 1934 as a response to Epiphone’s line of “Masterbuilt” archtops. Another innovation occurred in 1939 when a rounded cutaway was added to the body on the treble side to allow easier access to the higher frets. The L-5 Premier instantly grabbed the attention of jazz guitarists and was such a hit that the standard non-cutaway L-5 was discontinued by 1958. By 1949, Gibson changed the model name to L-5C (for cutaway)

    From the time of its introduction in 1922 until today, the L-5 has been considered one of the finest jazz guitars. Jazz greats Eddie Lang, Allan Reuss, and Wes Montgomery played versions of this classic model.

    This 1947 Gibson L-5P (Premier) features a carved Spruce top with single-ply bound f-holes and flame Maple back and sides in a natural finish. The neck is also crafted from flame Maple and boasts an Ebony fretboard with 20 frets and Mother-of Pearl block inlays. Additional costmetic apointments include top, back, neck and headstock binding, Kluson tuners and gold-plated tailpiece engraved L5.

    This guitar has a white oval label, which were used on instruments from 1902 to 1954, and it is visible in the upper f-hole. The serial number was the second type of serial numbers used (serial numbers with an A prefix and ran from 1947 to 1961). The first serial number used for 1947 was A100, and this one is A209 - wow!, with A1305 being the last number used that year. 

    This is a one-owner guitar, it was purchased at Edfred's Music Store in Akron, Ohio in September of 1947. The original receipt is in the case and a pretty cool piece of history to add to this phenominal guitar - the receipt even shows where he made $20 a week payments. What seems like a minor amount in today's standards was an amount that, in 1947, meant the guitar had to be put in layway and paid on before it could be taken home to be enjoyed. 

    A floating pickup has been installed on this guitar, as well as a volume control on the pickguard. It is in very good condition - especially for its age. The guitar has some checking in the finish, a couple of cracks on each side of the bout, and some minor general imperfections that are common for a guitar of this age. It comes with the original case, which has been painted black on the outside. Our in-store tech has restrung it with new flatwound strings.

    This guitar is a fantastic representation of not only a guitar of its age, but also an iconic guitar - the first, and most renowned archtop guitar.

    We will accept wire transfer ONLY on the purchase of this guitar.

    At The Music Farm, we take quality seriously! That is why we have our in-house technicians do a multi-point inspection on each product, ensuring that it'll be ready to play when it hits your hands!

    Included in your shipment will be instructions on care and maintenance. 

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    Additional Information

    SKU A209
    Actual Weight 6lbs 13oz
    Brand Gibson
    Acoustic Guitar Orientation Right Handed
    Built in Electronics Yes
    Cutaway Yes
    Case Type Hard Shell Case
    Fretboard Material Ebony
    Neck Material Maple
    Body Material Maple
    Face Wood Spruce
    Nut Width 1 11/16 Inches - 43mm
    Number of Frets 20
    Scale Length 25.5 Inches

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