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Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany Electric Guitar Natural 

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  • Solid spruce carved top with f-holes
  • Carved solid mahogany back and sides
  • One-piece mahogany neck
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Superb craftsmanship, luxurious appointments, towering tone.

All of Gibson's century-long experience crafting high-quality archtop instruments can be felt when you lay your hands on this delicious, full-bodied jazz machine. The precision-carved solid spruce top emits a sonorous, silky, deep, rich tone. Full binding with a sharp multi-ply binding on the top combines with a multilayer pickguard, goldtop-style knobs, pearl parallelogram inlays on the ebony fretboard, a substantial gold-plated brass tailpiece, and an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with pearl inlays in the ebony base to make this one astoundingly gorgeous electric guitar with vintage appeal. But the real beauty rings through when you plug it in. 2 - '57 Classic Humbuckers with individual volume and tone controls generate a phenomenally smooth sound with a thick midrange, more tonal options than you might expect, and great response to the top's vibrant resonance. The Gibson L-4 CES has a carved solid mahogany rims and back, one-piece mahogany neck.

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  • Solid spruce carved top with f-holes
  • Carved solid mahogany back and sides
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard with pearl parallelogram inlays
  • Multi-ply binding on top, single binding on neck and back
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 - '57 Classic Humbucker pickups
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with gold-plated brass tailpiece

This Gibson Custom Shop guitar will bring things out of you that you didn't know were in there. Surrender yourself to it today.

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Gibson L-4 CES Guitar

Comments about Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany Electric Guitar:

I tried the L-4 at home.
I blew it through a Blacheart Little Giant 5w tube head and
a Carvin 1-12 cab loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker ( a beautiful Jazz setup ! ).
To me the tone was a disappointment.
The tone was a bit harsh or thin.
I could get the best tone picking on the neck side of the neck pickup.
Actually , it was a good tone there, but the pickup is right against
the neck so my pick was hitting the pickup or the fretboard. Not comfortable.
On my ES 175 there is a nice gap between the fretboard and the pickup,
that's where I play the 175, I can dig in picking because there is all the airspace under the strings.

For me, the solid carved wood build is appealling,but the guitar
is very prone to feedback, much more than my L-5.
The tone is decent, but the ES 175 is as good or better,
and the 175 is much more affordable.
For the ultimate Jazz guitar, if you can possibly afford one , get the
Wes Montgomery L5, it is out of this world good.

The L4 is a beauty to behold !
The solid Spruce and Mahogany body
Ebony and pearl fretboard
'59 classic pickups
good tunong machines
gold plated parts
beautiful workmanship and finnish
beautiful woods and build
It is expensive for a working guitar
An ES 175 would be a better choice value wise IMHO

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


.. ALL CARVED .... WOW !!!

By arnold d.

from memphis

Comments about Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany Electric Guitar:

Very different from Es175 or old L4ces with back sides maple plywood. This one has SOLID mahogany back sides and SOLID SPRUCE TOP . ACOUSTIC TONE not muddy at all. Similar to L5 Wes Montgomery but short scale. Very comfortable. Mahogany is so woddy ... really special , so acoustic. If you change the ABR bridge with an ebony bridge you'dd discovery an extraordinary ACOUSTIC TONE. No feed back problems at reasonable volume. So smooth .. very good guitar , a very good job and improuvement of the old L4 maple. Very different from old L4 maple/laminate CES. Good Music

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great jazz guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany Electric Guitar:

Played one the other day. Sounded beautiful. Not quite like l5 but just as good just different. Way nicer than a 175. If you can afford it and play jazz do it. The natural finish is so pretty its hard not to stare.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


An Absolutely Amazing Jazz Box!

By Dave-gMHKQ

from Nevada, USA

Comments about Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany Electric Guitar:

I own this exact guitar, accept it is The Heritage 'Sweet 16'. The Heritage guitar company is one that was started in the old Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo, MI; when Gibson moved to Nashville, TN some of the workers stayed in Kalamazoo and created the guitar brand named 'The Heritage'. That being said, I have played the L-4 CES and this is an absolute dream of a guitar and it plays incredibly with 12 gauge flat-round strings. Mine only has one 'four-point mounted' pickup, and a solo volume knob (no tone knob or anything). The neck on this guitar fits in my hands very well; as it is thick yet thin and fast enough for me to get those high licks out with ease. On stage it performs great through my Twin Reverb and it many times shines into the audience. I also participate in a big band up in Reno, and it sounds perfect when mixed with the woodwinds. In my opinion, it does not even compare to a Gretsch, Hofner, Sadowsky or even a higher end Eastman! Its simply great; check it out!

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