GIBSON L-5 CT

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  • acoustic guitars

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1959 to 1961

Comedian and singer George Gobel had a special version of the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar built in 1958, the "L-5CT" (cutaway, thin body), featuring diminished dimensions of neck scale (24 3/4") and body depth (2 3/8"), befitting his own small stature; and a cherry red finish (for optimal appearance on Gobel's new color tv show). About 45 L-5CT's were produced from 1958 to 1963, making them one of the rarest Gibson models. Most of these were acoustic guitars, although a few were shipped with pickups.

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General

Bindingbody binding
Finish colorsred finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body depth2.375 inches body depth
Body stylearchtop
Hollow bodyhollow body
Soundhole2 f-holes

Fretboard

Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

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