Coming soon : 1959 Hofner Senator single pickup , 1951 L-7
Using the same maple plywood cutaway archtop body (United from New Jersey) that John D'Angelico used for his electric arcthops, this is a fine playing and wonderful sounding guitar with extra visual interest from the sparkle pickguard and knobs. Maple neck, Original Waverly tuners, Engraved black plastic headstock overlay with torch emblem and script "Premier" logo, Truss rod adjustable at headstock, Black painted headstock back, Bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with large pearl dots inlay, 24 7/8" string scale, Cream body binding, Original single DeArmond pickup with adjustable pole pieces, Ebony adjustable bridge, Staggered tailpiece (Kluson?), Original sparkle pickguard, pickup switch, and knobs, Strap button added at neck heel. Kept in clean condition. Recent refret and fingerboard planing. Classic single coil arcthop sound. Easy playing feel. Beautiful original hardshell case with distinctive case lining.
All-original except for the tuners, the richly resonant voice was developed through many years of play as a rhythm guitar in country music. Maple back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Mahogany neck, Replacement single unit Kluson tuners (see tuner note at the bottom of listing), Black painted headstock front, Gold script "Gibson" decal, "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" banner decal, adjustable truss rod, 1 3/4" nut width, Full round neck profile, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots, Single layer cream binding on top and back, Brazilian Rosewood adjustable bridge, Turtle-oid pickguard, Nickel plated raised diamond taipiece, Cream colored endpin. Though weather checked, the finish has little in the way of dings and scrapes. There is an impact dent at the top of the headstock. Slight capo marks at the back of the neck and thumbwear on the finish suggest a lot of time spent in the key of F with the capo on the third fret. The voice is very full with medium guage strings, a little brighter with light guage. A great sounding wartime guitar that has tonal elements of 1930s 16" Gibson archtops. The hardshell case has been authenticated by a Gibson expert as being original, though it sure looked like a late 1930s design to me. TUNER NOTE: Stewart MacDonald is developing their own version of the individual flat plate Kluson tuners used on 1942-early 1946 Martins and 1945-46 Gibson models such as this.
The classic early version with full profile neck, "slug pole" P-90 pickup, Tall unmarked gold barrel knobs, crown position markers, and open gear Kluson strip tuners. Laminated mahogany top, back , and sides, Mahogany neck, Black painted headstock front with gold "Gibson" logo, 1 11/16" nut width, Plastic nut, Full round profile neck, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with crown inlays, Single layer cream body binidng, Adjustable Brazilian Rosewood bridge, Turtle-oid finger rest, Raised diamond tailpiece, Replacement endpin. OLD REPAIR: Partial overspray and fret levelling. RECENT REPAIR: Refret by Alan Perlman. The finish is heavily crazed in the body. Some dings and dents. The pickup sound is rich, fat, and strong. A great guitar for vintage blues, country, swing, or early rock styles. With the pretty beat original hardshell case.