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Gibson L5 CES 1983 SOLD

March 18, 2013
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Comments The Gibson L5 CES is a classic, beautiful guitar and is the direct descendant of the big archtops of the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. The CES designation stands for “Cutaway Electric Spanish”.

The original L-5 was designed by Lloyd Loar, first produced in 1922 and electrified in 1951. For most of that time, the L-5 has been the top of the heap for jazz guitars.

This example from 1983 is in excellent condition and plays really well. The full size body is remarkably comfortable and well-balanced.

The CES designation stands for “Cutaway Electric Spanish”.

Serial Number 82973003. Built during 1983 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
Pricing $5199.99 CAD with original case. SOLD
Neck 3-piece Maple neck with bound ebony fingerboard, mother of pearl block position markers, flowerpot inlay and Gibson logo on headstock. 25.5″ scale length, 1 11/16″ nut width.
Frets original frets with minimal wear.
Body Full size – 17″ wide, 21″ long and 3 3/8″ deep – bound L-5 cutaway body; carved spruce top, figured maple carved back and sides.
Finish Natural (clear) nitrocellulose lacquer finish in excellent condition. There is a small amount of natural finish checking.
Hardware/electronics All original gold plated hardware, gold L-5 tailpiece, humbucking pickups, independent volume and tone controls, selector switch; gold Schaller tuners with swing-away crank. Ebony bridge.
Playability/Action Plays very well and quite comfortable even with the full size. Currently strung with flatwounds.
Case Original hardshell case included.

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