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1997 Gibson L-5 CES

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Serial #: 93077002, orange label.

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .79/.9r

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: Hardware includes gold Gibson '57 Classic humbucking pickups, 5-ply bound tortoise pickguard; Gibson gold bell volume and tone knobs; engraved gold art-deco tailpiece; gold Gibson Deluxe tuners, compensated adjustable gold ABR-1 Tuneomatic bridge with inlaid ebony foot; 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 17" 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.

100% original, this striking guitar has all factory hardware and finish, with the back, sides and neck all extravagantly figured, with deep bookmatched flame. Well maintained, the instrument is free of cracks, pick, buckle, or fingerboard wear, with playwear mostly confined to some good honest thumbwear on the deeply figured tiger maple neck, some fog on the gold plating, and a few incidental lacquer nicks.

The neck has a comfy medium 'D' profile, neither too skinny nor overly full, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. The voice is warm, rich and sweet, with the full, classic voice of the most renowned jazz guitar of all time.

A handsome working guitar, and our most popular contemporary Gibson archtop, the L-5 CES is the player's choice. One only: call now.

Case: Deluxe black arched plush lined Heritage hardshell case.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge roundwound 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 moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.







































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