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1990 Gibson L-5CES

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Serial #: 83249567, orange label. Master Model label, signed 7/14/90 by James Hutchins.

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16"

Finish: Cremona sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid handcarved bookmatched AAA tiger-flame maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; 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: 100% original gold hardware includes twin '57 Classic humbucking pickups, engraved tailpiece with art-deco ebony/pearl insert, Kluson Deluxe tuners, compensated adjustable gold ABR-1 Tuneomatic bridge with inlaid foot; 5-ply bound tortoise pickguard, gold bonnet volume and tone controls, three-way pickup selector switch; adjustable truss rod.

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 example is in superb condition, 100% original, with all factory hardware, and is without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The tiger flame maple back, sides and neck show intense fiddleback maple, bookmatched in a dramatic chevron figure. Neck is a classic medium gentle "D" profile, neither too skinny nor overly full, and the fretwork is high and perfectly crowned, with smooth, low action over a fresh high-precision setup. An eyecatching addition is the pearl inlaid art-deco ebony insert on the tailpiece, a rare variant seen only for a few short years.

The tone is warm, rich and vibrant, as befits an instrument of its distinguished pedigree, and the Master Model Custom Shop label is hand signed by James Hutchins himself. Apart from a bit of fogging on the plating, the instrument looks much as it did when it left the factory almost three decades ago. Highly sought-after worldwide, the L-5CES has been the gold standard for the electric archtop for over half a century. With a street price over $10K at this writing, these go fast. One only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.013-.056). 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 moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe brown arched Gibson logo plush lined hardshell case, with silk coverlet.




















































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