GIBSON CUSTOM SHOP: CARVED TOP SERIES

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GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)

The original Byrdland model introduced in the 1950s was named after Nashville session guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. This model is a Gibson Custom Shop reissue. It has a reduced scale length (23 1/2”) and extra thin neck. (I'm guessing that Billy and Hank had small hands). The body style is archtop - but it is thinner than a typical archtop at 2.5 inches - and this helps reduce feedback. This model comes with either rounded Venetian cutaway or sharp Florentine cutaway.

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GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)

The Gibson L-4 CES Mahogany was introduced around 1989 as part of Gibson's Custom Shop Carved Top Series. The Gibson L-4 CES had been around since the 1950s but was only ever produced in very small numbers to order. The L-4 CES looks like the ES-175 but has a solid spruce carved top and solid mahogany back and sides.

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GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)

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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)

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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)

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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)

GIBSON manufactured the L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH) between 2001 and 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)

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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)

The legendary Gibson Super 400 CES is currently available from the Gibson custom shop. It is based on the late 1950s Super 400 CES and has the largest body of any guitar currently produced by Gibson (circa 2014), measuring : 18 inches wide by  21¾ inches long and 3⅜ inches deep.

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GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY

Gibson introduced this Wes Montgomery Historic Collection model in 1993. It is based on the L-5 CES model that Wes played almost his entire career.

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Specifications:

ModelImageBindingNumber of stringsScale lengthFinish colorsFinish effectsMade in
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
No image yet5-stripe body-binding, headstock binding, neck binding6 strings23.5 inches scale length---
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
white binding6 strings-amber finish, natural finish, red finishsunburst finish-
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
multi-ply binding6 strings25.5 inches scale-lengthnatural finishsunburst finishUSA
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
-6 strings-ebony finish, natural finish, red finishsunburst finishUSA
ModelBody depthBody shape featuresBody styleBody top materialBody widthHollow bodyPickguard materialSoundholeBody back materialBody sides materialPickguard shape
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
2.25 inches body depthsingle cutawayarchtopspruce body top17 inches wide bodyhollow bodytortoiseshell pickguard2 f-holes---
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
--archtopspruce body top-hollow bodytortoiseshell pickguard2 f-holesmahogany body backmahogany body sides-
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
3.375 inches body depth---18 inches wide bodyhollow body-2 f-holes---
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
-carved top, single cutaway-spruce body top-hollow body-2 f-holesflamed maple body backflamed maple body sidesraised pickguard
ModelBody fretNeck profileNumber of fretsTuner layoutNeck widthNeck materialPeghead (headstock)
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
Neck joins body at 14th fretthin neck profile22 fretthree-each-side---
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
--20 fretthree-each-side1.69 inches wide at nut--
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
--20 fretthree-each-side---
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
--20 fretthree-each-side-maple neckbound headstock
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
-rosewood fingerboardsplit parallelogram fingerboard position markers
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
-ebony fingerboardsplit block fingerboard position markers
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
Gibson PAF pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
Gibson 57 classic pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
Gibson 57 classic pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
-1 humbucker pickup
ModelTailpieceBridgeHardware colorTuners
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
trapeze tailpiece---
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
trapeze tailpieceABR-1 bridgegold hardware-
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
trapeze tailpieceABR-1 bridgegold hardwareSchaller M6 tuners
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
trapeze tailpiecetune-o-matic bridgegold hardware-
ModelTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controls
GIBSON Byrdland (Custom Shop)
2 tone controls2 volume controls-
GIBSON L-4 CES (MAHOGANY)
1989
2 tone controls2 volume controls-
GIBSON L-5 CES (CUSTOM SHOP CARVED TOP)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLCVSGH)
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GIBSON L-5 CES (HSLC{ }/GH)
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GIBSON L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SGH)
2001 to 2004

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GIBSON LEE RITENOUR L-5 SIGNATURE (CSL5SLRSBGH)
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GIBSON Super 400 CES (Custom Shop)
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GIBSON WES MONTGOMERY
1993
1 tone control1 volume control-