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1976 Gibson L-5CES
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Serial #: 00204545, Kalamazoo label.
Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .76/.98, 1st/10th fret
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid carved bookmatched rock maple back and sides; 3-piece flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard with block mother of pearl inlays; abalone torch and headstock logo; 5-ply body and neck binding; bound f-holes.
Hardware: All original gold hardware includes Gibson Pat. # humbucking pickups, engraved tailpiece with art-deco insert, Kluson Sealfast tuners, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge with ABR-1 Tuneomatic saddle, three-way pickup selector switch, adjustable truss rod. Gold reflector cap knobs installed, with original black bonnet knobs included.
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.
This gleaming guitar is one of 139 examples shipped in its model year, and the instrument shows classic features including a full-width 1 11/16" nut, signature engraved art-deco tailpiece and the ultra-premium gold Kluson Sealfast tuners, now long unavailable. All original dark Cremona sunburst finish is free of pick, buckle, thumbwear or checking. Apart from a bit of wear on the pickup covers, the instrument has been maintained in showroom condition.
String action is smooth and low over fine original medium-jumbo fretwork, with a fresh high-precision setup on a comfy gentle D profile neck. Classic bop tone from the original Pat. sticker pickups, with hum-free performance enhanced by the original pot shielding cans. And all nestled in its original deluxe black Gibson plush lined hardshell case.
Gibson's most venerable archtop, the L-5CES has been the gold standard for some seven decades. And after almost half a century, this stunning guitar remains in under-the-bed condition. A rare find: 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.