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Gibson Custom L-5 CT Electric Hollowbody

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Todays Custom Shop L-5 CES is a truly classic instrument. Its appearance is both imposing and graceful, with a stylish single cutaway, block inlays, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Updated and enhanced electric version of an acoustic classic from 1922.

Todays Custom Shop L-5 CES is a truly classic instrument. Its appearance is both imposing and graceful, with a stylish single cutaway, block inlays, and artfully crafted headstock. The headstock is itself a work of art, bearing a pearl inlay inspired by the urns of ancient Greece. The L-5 CES has a high-grade spruce top and maple back and rims. Its body is a substantial 17" wide, 21" long, and 3-3/8" deep “ dimensions key to its rich, dark, woody tones. Multi-ply binding in black or white accents the top and back, and single-ply white binding outlines the f-holes.

The guitars neck is made of high-grade maple and walnut supporting a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black or white binding. The ES rounded profile neck has a 25-1/2" scale length with a 1-11/16" width at the nut.
Initially produced as an acoustic in 1922 under the direction of famed Gibson luthier Lloyd Loar, the L-5 was Gibsons first guitar with f-holes. In the 1940s the model became the rhythm box of choice for big band players and later the standard guitar for Wes Montgomery, who would eventually receive a custom model. And it was already one of the worlds most popular guitars when Gibson first electrified the model in 1951.

Gibson put a pair of P-90 single-coil pickups and a rosewood bridge on the first 31 L-5 CES models to emerge from the original Kalamazoo plant in 51. Although the guitars never went into high production, the companys engineers continued to work on numerous modifications. In 1958, 21 examples of the classic version of the L-5 CES thats produced today by Gibsons Custom Shop emerged.

The electronics array of this L-5 is pure Gibson, with two 57 Classic humbucking pickups, two volume knobs, two tone knobs, and a three-way selector switch. The Custom Shops L-5 CES is outfitted in all gold hardware and features Schaller M6s tuners. The instruments ABR-1 bridge has an ebony base and theres an artfully rendered L-5 trapeze tailpiece. Each L-5 CES comes strung with Gibson L-5 Electric .012 strings in a Custom Shop case with a certificate of authenticity “ testimony to the origin of an instrument thats truly world class.

  • Single cutaway design
  • Spruce top
  • Maple back and sides with multi-ply black or white binding
  • High-grade maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Block inlays
  • Single-ply white binding along f-holes
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 20 frets
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • L-5 trapeze tailpiece
  • Two '57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Two volume knobs
  • Two tone knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Gold hardware
  • Schaller M6s tuners
  • Gibson L-5 Electric.012 strings
  • Custom Shope case
  • Certificate of authenticity

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