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Old 12-29-2020, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by onaclearday View Post
Thank you very much for such a detailed answer! A lot of first hand information I really needed. I was mostly thinking I'll settle for an L-1 or an L-3 if I should find one, but I think I'm going to wait to find a nice L-4. I see from your signature you also have an Epiphone archtop. How does it compare to the Gibsons f holes?
My 1949 Epiphone Blackstone is a very loud and "brassy" sounding archtop, in comparison my L-50's. Where as my L-50s have a more delicate and developed overall tone, especially in the upper and midrange register, the Epiphone is a cannon. It just blasts out gobs of sound; a real noise machine.

If you absolutely need to be heard over that Godforsaken banjo, then this is the jazz box for you .

There is an exact copy of my Blackstone on eBay right now for about $1695.00, I think. A reasonable and fair price for this vintage and quality.
It looks to be in good playable condition, check it out, if this is the tone shape you prefer.

1918 Gibson L-1
1928 Gibson L-4 (Blond w/Ebony Fret-board)
1930's Kalamazoo KG-32
1930's Gretsch F-50
1934 Gibson L-7
1934 Gibson L-50 (KG-11/14 Body Shape)
1935 Gibson L-50 (Flat-back)
1935 Gibson L-30 (Flat-back)
1942 Gibson L-50 (WWII Banner Head)
1948 Gibson L-50
1949 Epiphone Blackstone

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