Instrument Details

1934 Gibson L-50 Maple/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1934
Model
L-50
Serial #
878
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP480
Condition
Typical play wear of a vintage instrument. Three stable back cracks, frets are clean. Comes with the original pickguard, not installed.
Body Type(s)
Medium, Other
Back & Sides
Maple
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Hard
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Ivoroid
Top Trim
None
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuner Finish
Nickel with Ivoroid Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Yes
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
10.25 in
Lower Bout
14.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.375 in
Body Depth Tail
4.625 in
Scale Length
24.875 in
Scale Length (mm)
632 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.09 in
String Spacing (mm)
53.2 mm
Weight
3 lb. 11 oz.
Case
Hardshell - TKL
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Description

If you’ve got an ear for fine vintage guitars, this 1934 Gibson L-50 rings right as rain. What would you expect from a guitar out of Al Petteway’s personal collection? The voice is two parts Maple, one part Spruce, and an extra dollop of crunchy, woody tone in the mids. The setup is dialed into that fine line between fingerstyle and flatpicking, and lends itself to either discipline.


Flatpicking fiddle tunes or country blues in the key of Mississippi John Hurt, we found the response of this L-50 to be big, quick, and well-defined. Lots of archtop pop, and if you dig in a bit with a pick there’s an incredible amount of projection that’ll come belting out of this slice of Gibson history.


If it’s good enough for Al, you know it’s got the mojo. This 1934 Gibson L-50 more than fits the bill.

I love all the vintage character. The setup is versatile and easy on the hands; quite the find if you're looking for a 30s Gibson in great playing shape.
 
I bought this guitar for myself a while back and have enjoyed every minute of owning it. As soon as I picked it up, I realized that it wasn't the 78 records that sounded like that, it was the guitars. It really lends itself to old ragtime and blues styles and responds incredibly well with a slide. In fact recently I’ve just been keeping it tuned to open G most of the time. The action is perfect and it really has some midrange punch that cuts through. I plan on featuring it on my next album.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.875 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.09 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAPLE

If you’ve got an ear for fine vintage guitars, this 1934 Gibson L-50 rings right as rain. What would you expect from a guitar out of Al Petteway’s personal collection?
 

I love all the vintage character. The setup is versatile and easy on the hands; quite the find if you're looking for a 30s Gibson in great playing shape.
 
I bought this guitar for myself a while back and have enjoyed every minute of owning it. As soon as I picked it up, I realized that it wasn't the 78 records that sounded like that, it was the guitars.
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