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COLUMN The (Way) Back Beat

examples are beautiful and often fine-sounding
guitars, sadly rare today as production spanned
less than two years. The round-hole L-4 remained, but was nearing the end of its run as
f-holes became the norm. At the same time, the
budget L-50 was recast, built on a longer body
similar to the L-series flat-tops. A short-lived
version of the L-75 made on the same lines
was priced just above it, distinguished by a
bound fingerboard and pearl doodad on the
headstock. These small upgrades were worth

$25 to Gibson, but apparently not to most
buyers, as it disappeared almost immediately!
None of these lower-end guitars carry a model
designation on the instrument, leaving many
today unsure of which old Gibson they're
looking at.
This line of archtops finally matched Epiphone's pricepoints, but the New York maker
offered bodies in some cases 3/8" wider than
their Gibson equivalents, and still with longerscale fretboards. At the same time, many other

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(TOP CLOCKWISE) From Catalog W - the '34
L-12, L-10, and L-7, L-50. and L-75. Catalog
V's budget archtops, the L-50 and L-75.

builders were offering similar instruments at all
pricepoints. Fully energized, Gibson responded
to these challenges and upped the ante the next
year with the largest, most opulent f-hole guitar
yet produced - the Advanced line - as the Deco
archtop wars heated up. And that, as you may
have guessed, is our next installment.


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