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c.1974 Gibson L-5CES
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Serial #: 471810, Kalamazoo label.
Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .78/.95- 1st/10th fret
Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid carved bookmatched rock maple back and sides; tiger flame maple neck with walnut centerstripes; solid ebony fingerboard with block mother of pearl inlays; abalone torch and headstock logo; 5-ply body and neck binding; bound f-holes; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Original hardware includes engraved gold tailpiece with art-deco insert, gold Kluson Sealfast tuners, compensated adjustable gold Tuneamatic bridge with rosewood base; three-way pickup selector switch; adjustable truss rod, twin Gibson humbucking pickups. Additional set of knobs and pickup covers installed (originals included), vintage correct 5-ply bound tortoise pickguard with gold bracket.
Notes: The electric version of the L-5C, the L-5CES was introduced in 1951, and has been Gibson's top-line electric guitar ever since. A favorite of pro players from George Barnes to Herb Ellis and Wes Montgomery, the L-5CES is built with solid carved tonewood throughout, all gold hardware, deluxe multi-ply binding, and twin humbucking pickups since 1957.
The serial number for this handsome guitar indicates it was shipped sometime from 1974 to '75, and the instrument shows classic features including a full 1 11/16" nut, signature engraved art-deco tailpiece and the ultra-premium gold Kluson Sealfast tuners, now long unavailable. All original finish shows a deep Gibson Cremona sunburst, and the instrument has been maintained in showroom condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear.
Neck is a comfy gentle "D" profile, neither too skinny nor overly full, and without the volute bump often found later in the decade. String action is smooth and low over fine original medium-jumbo fretwork, with a fresh high-precision setup. Tone is rich and sweet, with excellent warmth and clarity.
Highly sought-after worldwide, the L-5CES has been the gold standard for the electric archtop for over half a century. A fine working axe, with an impeccable pedigree: one only, call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with light relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Deluxe recent black Gibson logo arched hardshell case with plush lining.