If you are looking for a classic, top of the range Gibson archtop from Gibson's golden era then I doubt if you will find a finer example out there than this beauty...
Almost time warp condition, this stunning, top of the range, Gibson L-5 will not disappoint the most critical of connoisseurs and includes its original brown case that is also in mighty fine condition.
Made in 1957, at the dawn of Gibson’s ‘golden era’ with a beautiful chunky C neck profile and a deep black ebony fingerboard, it retains its original vibrant sunburst finish which has not faded at all over time and even the gold plating, usually the first to wear, is still looking almost as new, especially on the original Kluson Sealfast tuners.
It has probably been played with a lifetime of flat wound strings fitted as the frets are just about as good as new. There are no wear spots on the fingerboard and no wear on the back of the neck either so whoever previously owned this amazing guitar must have really treasured it. It is a real joy to play, it has a really easy action and as set up at the moment with flat .12’s, it almost plays itself.
Acoustically it is strong and loud, just as it was always intended to be. A non invasive, Johnny Smith pickup has been fitted to the guitar which as you can imagine works real well for jazzy tones and is a perfect compliment to the L-5. The jack socket is on the end pin which is a far more convenient solution than being on the pickguard and both volume and tone thumbwheels are neatly and discretely tucked away just under the pickguard for easy access with your fingers.
Just take a look at the many pics we have in the gallery page and admire the beauty of this instrument! It is without a doubt, one of the finest we have ever come across and aside from a few very tiny dings here and there, we would be calling this totally mint. This is a 62 year old guitar that could easily pass for a 6 month old guitar. It really is nice in every department…
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdomn
Landline: 01242 697607
Mobile: 07842 001007
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