Gibson L50 1946
Some of this guitar's past history is known. For
thirty years or more it belonged to an inmate at the Nebraska
State Pen. One can only wonder what circumstances brought
about the scuffs and scars scattered over much of the
(original) finish. Peering closely at the back reveals
beautiful tiger flame maple and a mahogany neck.
Crag's guitars are all "players" rather than "dust
trophies" so a fret job (jumbo nickel) was recently done.
Other than that, the guitar is all original. The rosewood
fretboard and bridge are in good condition. The original
metal and rosewood tailpiece is intact and mounted securely
to the body. The axe stays in tune and feels surprisingly
What about the tone? It's not quite as loud as its round
sound holed cellmates, but it has just enough bottom end
thump and the strong mids reward your vigor with snappy
dynamic responses. Whether strumming campfire favorites,
finger picking folk tunes or churning out jazz and blues
chops, this tough old goat still has a golden voice.
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