1936 Gibson L5 + HSC Nr MINT!

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At A Glance:
Model: L5
Year: 1936
Finish: Sunburst
Modifications: One screw that holds the pickguard bracket in place replaced.
Repairs: None
Weight (kg): 2.59

Case: Lifton Hardshell
Fingerboard: Ebony
Neck wood: Laminated Maple
Body wood: Book-matched, carved maple back and sides carved spruce top
Tuners: Correct open gear Grover
Hardware: Correct Rosewood and Brass
Neck Profile: Medium C

Type: Archtop
Top: Spruce
Back: Maple
Sides: Maple
Bracing: Spruce

    Stunning 1936 script logo Gibson L5?

    Initially conceived as a member of the Mandolin family alongside the F5 mandolin (as the popularity go Mandolin orchestras was waning), the L5’s enduring popularity was due in no small part to the great jazz guitarist Eddie Lang who pioneered the use of the guitar in the dance band rhythm sections, finding that the Gibson archtop could easily keep up with the rest of the band. Its elegant Cremona Brown finish and f holes gave the guitar a decidedly violin-like look and set a precedent for competitors and the company themselves that still exist to this day.

    This is a superb example especially considering its over 80 years of age. The sunburst finish has a few marks and dings though none of this really detracts from the overall look of the instrument.

    Pickguard is in good condition and seems to have escaped the rot that can so often happen.the haweare too is in fantastic condition.

    The chunky C neck has a really nice feel with a bound fretboard and parallelogram mother of pearl inlays. The script logo headstock has the now iconic crown inlay emblazoned upon it, framed by the continued binding. The open back Grover tuners still work very well and the whole thing makes for a very impressive package. The neck has a smooth finish and there are a few patches of wear though this isn’t extensive. The frets have plenty of life left in them.

    The guitar comes with a Lifton hardshell case that, like the guitar, is in exceptional condition.

    The L5’s reputation was built on being able to keep up with a horn section and this one is no exception. It has an authoritative voice acoustically that has a wonderful three dimensional quality that’s so evocative of the period.

    The definitive archtop, this L5 would make stunning addition to anyone’s collection…


    $14,502.41
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    Availability:In Stock
    Code:C73036
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