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Gibson L5 Archtop ES5 Conversion Sunburst, 1948

Gibson L5 Archtop ES5 Conversion Sunburst, 1948

The Gibson L5 was the premiere cutaway archtop for jazz guitarists – in fact it was originally named the Premiere – from its 1939 introduction. Close on its heels, though, the 1949 ES-5 offered three P-90 pickups but was built with laminates instead of solid woods for the body, all to reduce feedback. Here we’re looking at a Gibson L5 built during 1948, and some time later converted to an ES-5 configuration, with three P-90 pickups, but wired as other Gibson models – four controls and a switch – and not the six controls of the ES-5.

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Price: $7500 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Gibson L5 S Custom Natural Maple, 1979

‼️Reduced‼️  Gibson L5 S Custom Natural Maple, 1979

The Gibson L5 S is loosely based on the classic, top of the line Gibson L-5 CES arched top, Cutaway Electric Spanish with a full size acoustic body. That model was played by many serious players, who often are basically forgotten as part of a big band, but have included Wes Montgomery, Scotty Moore, Tuck Andress, Pat Martino, Lee Ritenour, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood.

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Price: $7550 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo, 1961

❌SOLD❌ Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo, 1961

Here’s a rare oddity – custom built to order by Gibson during 1961, a melding of a Gibson L-5 style six string neck and a Gibson Mastertone RB-3 banjo pot. This unique instrument is in very good complete and original condition.

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Price: $4250 CAD

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