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1963 Gibson Archtop L48


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I believe the L-48 was introduced in 1949. It was a cheaper version of the L-50 which had been Gibson's previous entry-level archtop. The two models are very hard to tell apart sometimes. Most of the L-48s I've seen have a lighter burst top than the L-50 and some of the late 40s & 50s L-50s had wedge style inlays vs. dot necks on the L-48. The L-48 originally sold for $75.00 vs. $95 for the L-50 (1949 prices). I believe the basic construction of the two guitars is pretty much the same.

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