1976 Gibson L5 CES Vintage Sunburst ID-6399
1976 Gibson L5 CES Vintage Sunburst
With the creation of the L-5 in the 1920s, the modern archtop guitar was invented. It has set the standard for all carved guitars that have followed. The process to create the Gibson L5 has remained relatively unchanged since the 1950s. With the inclusion of the hand-tuning of the top and back. Guitarists sing the praises of the comfortable vintage neck; the fast, easy action; and the rich beauty of the carved spruce top. When Wes Montgomery, the iconic father of modern Jazz soloing, chose the mighty L5CES for his own playing, and Scotty Moore choose it for his new Rock-a-billy, rock and roll sound you know your on to something good! This is still the archetypal guitar of choice for the "perfect" jazz sound.
The depth and mellowness of the Gibson L-5 CES has always won acclaim for this fine jazz guitar from the most discriminating artists. The tonal quality of the acoustic guitar and the advantages of an electric are combined in one instrument. Very few carved guitars are built each year. This is because of the scarcity of the wood required and the handcrafting involved.
You are viewing a 1976 Gibson L5CES that is in exquisite condition for it's age. This rare, one owner was purchased in 1976. The original owner noticed a small crack in the top when purchased new. After having Gibson repair the crack under warranty, and having it reappear, Gibson took the instrument back, and re-topped this particular guitar after deciding this was the best course of action. All of this took place soon after the instrument's construction. This means that this is technically a "new" top. The top has been on the instrument for just about as long as the back and sides have! This one was babied by it's owner over it's lifetime and is in exceptional condition.
It features 2 Humbucker pickups, and a figured carved maple back with solid maple rims. Other appointmens include a pearl inlaid ebony fingerboard, and beautiful multi white-black binding. In short, this guitar is, and always has been a one of a kind instrument. To find one is this type of condition is rare indeed. The only other noteworthy item to mention is that the pickguard has been replaced with a period correct new pickguard. This is because the old one started to gas off, crack, and distort as many of these tend to do over their lifetime. The original pickguard will be included with the purchase of the instrument.
It has a few incredibly minor scratches and dents. These can be viewed in the detailed photos below. The fretwear is also very minor. It is not in need of a fret dress, nor will any of the frets need to be replaced. The Original hardshell case, with all paperwork is included.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 0020424
- Top Wood: Solid Spruce
- Back Wood: Solid maple sides and back
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Year: 1976
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
- Neck Wood: Maple / Walnut / Maple / Walnut / Maple
- Fretboard: Ebony 20 fret / block inlays
- Bridge: Bridge/Tailpiece: Tune-o-matic/24K gold
- Headstock Inlay: Flowerpot
- Pickup(s): 2 X Humbuckers
- Pickup Controls: Two Volume, Two Tone, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included