• Gibson L-5 CES


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The L-5 was introduced as an acoustic in 1922 by Lloyd Loar, and was the first Gibson guitar with f-holes. In the 1940s the big sounding L-5 was the guitar of  choice for big band players. In 1951 Gibson electrified the L-5 with a pair of P-90 pickups and the L-5 CES model was born, although it was initially labeled the L-5 SEC. The L-5 CES had a solid spruce top and solid maple rims (unlike the laminated bodied ES-5) - apart from the electronics, the construction was identical to the L-5. In 1958 the P-90 pickups were changed to two humbuckers. From 1961-1969 the L-5 CES had a sharp Florentine cutaway - but the rounded cutaway was reinstated by 1970.

The Gibson L-5 has been a staple of the jazz guitar world for decades, due in great part to its use by jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery during the 1960's. - See more at:

The current L-5 CES is produced by the Gibson Custom shop and is based on the 1958 L-5 CES with two humbucking pickups and an ABR-1 bridge.

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


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridgeebony bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece


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


Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


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


Pickups brand and modelGibson P-90 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, 2 single coil pickups

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