GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)

  • Gibson L-5 CT (1998)


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  • acoustic guitars

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The L-5CT is a thin line L-5 originally developed by Gibson for comedian/guitarist George Gobel - but reissued in 1998 in the Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection. Its shorter scale length and thinner body have proved popular features for many players. It has a carved spruce top, solid maple sides and back and five piece neck. Finish options were vintage sunburst, faded cherry and natural. Other features include

  • Modern cutaway design and small neck for fast, easy action
  • Gibson ABR-1 bridge
  • Schaller M-6 machine heads
  • Professional 20 fret fingerboard
  • Body size: length 21" width 17"
  • Decorative accents to the beauty of the L-5CT include gold plated metal parts, deluxe pearl inlays and alternating white-black binding
  • Two Gibson '57 Classic PAF reissue humbucking pickups also available


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Body back materialmaple body back
Body shape featurescarved top, single cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylethin body
Body top materialspruce body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Bridgeebony bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece
TunersSchaller M6 tuners


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsnatural finish, red finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings


Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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I have a 1959 L-5CT and it is one of the most wonderful instruments I have ever played. It has the pickguard pickup system installed back i 1959 (not so pretty as the usual pickguard but it sounds really good). I was thinking of passing it on to someone who would revere and value it as I did. Only to a really good player!