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NMM 1467.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1957.  Style L-48 (16").  Serial number 29744.
Gift of Clay H. Johnson, Jr., O'Neill, Nebraska, 1976.

NMM 1467.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1957.

The L-48 was an inexpensive arch-top guitar that was marketed to the "aspiring student." It featured the carved top and f-shaped soundholes of the Super 400 for only $85 about 1955, rather than $400 for Gibsonís fanciest arch-top in the mid-1930s.


Front, Side, and Back Views

NMM 1467.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1957. Bass side of L-48 guitar Back of L-48 guitar


Front of Peghead

Front of peghead


Literature:  Joseph R. Johnson, Mandolin Clubs and Orchestras in the United States (1880-1920):  Their Origin, History and Instruments, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion:  University of South Dakota, 1987), p. 131.

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