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Gibson Custom Shop L-5 CES

Used | Gibson L-5 CES Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar! Beautiful condition, just in on consignment with case and cert




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Custom Shop L-5 CES

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Gibson Guitars Custom Shop L-5 CES Sunburst

Beautiful Archtop Electric Guitar with great tone!

Used! Great Shape! Save Big!

This Custom Shop Gibson L-5 CES is just in on consignment and in Nice Shape! It’s very clean and has been well cared for. Some minor tarnishing of the hardware and superficial marks are the only real obvious sign it’s not factory fresh. No serious wear, dings, dents, repairs, damage etc… The guitar belonged to a collector / player, rather than a gigging musician- so there really isn’t much wear and tear. Like all our used | vintage gear, this guitar has been tested for functionality and priced to move. Sold as-is. What you see it what you get.

The depth of tone and mellowness of the Gibson L-5 CES has long been acclaimed as a fine jazz guitar for discriminating guitarists. The tonal qualities of an acoustic Jazz guitar and the advantages of an electric are combined in this hand-carved, hollow body archtop guitar. Very few of these carved Gibson guitars are built each year due to the scarcity of the wood required and the handcrafting involved. All Gibson L-5 construction is overseen by Jim Hutchins, a Gibson Builder since 1963. The process has remained relatively unchanged since the 1950s, including the hand-tuning of the top and back. Guitarists sing the praises of the comfortable vintage neck; the fast, easy action; and the rich beauty of the carved spruce top. Other features on the Gibson guitar include a figured, carved maple back with solid maple rims; a pearl inlaid ebony fingerboard; and beautiful multi white-black binding. With the creation of the L-5 in the 1920s, the modern archtop guitar was invented and it has set the standard for all carved guitars that have followed. (Click on "Private Reserve" at left to see more gorgeous pics.)

Features and Specs of the Gibson Custom L-5 CES Archtop Electric Guitar:

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Figured Maple Back and Sides
  • Five-piece Figured Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard with Block Inlays
  • F-holes
  • Full Binding (body, neck, peghead, f-holes)
  • Gold Hardware
  • Tune-o-matic Bridge
  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Two Volume and Two Tone controls
  • 3-way Toggle switch
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Hardshell case
  • Certificate


ID: 2118

Additional Information

Brand Gibson
Product Color Sunburst
Serial Number 12080001
Condition Excellent
Case Hard
Manufacturer’s Part # MakenMusic979726
Make’n Music SKU 9191187944


ID: 2118

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