GIBSON L-4 CES (early models)


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  • electric guitars

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1958 to 1989

The Gibson L-4 CES was the electric version of the Gibson L-4 with a carved top and a florentine cutaway. Very few electrified L-4s were made during the 1950s, but in 1958 20 instruments were made bearing the L-4 CES model name. They were custom orders available from 1958 onwards. Being a custom order model there were various pickup configurations: some had Charlie Christian pickups, others had Gibson alnico single coils, some had Gibson humbuckers. The Gibson L-4 CES looks very similar to the Gibson ES-175: the differences being the L-4 CES has a carved top whereas the ES-175 has a laminated top and less fancy hardware .

In 1989 Gibson reintroduced this model as the L-4 CES Mahogany, and it has been in production ever since as part of the Custom Shop Carved Top Series (see Gibson L-4 CES Mahogany page).


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Pickups brand and modelCharlie Christian pickup(s), Gibson pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup, 1 single coil pickup


Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings


Body shape featurescarved top, single cutaway
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialspruce body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Soundhole2 f-holes


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard

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