Click here for a link to a video demo of this guitar, including me setting up the neck pickup using the Herb Ellis method of pole adjustment.

 

This nearly all original 1978 Gibson L-5 CESN (1 of 117 made that year) has done a lot of living in it's 40 years. After our master luthier replaced the broken nut with a new custom fitted bone nut, stringing it with a set of Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing 12s, and setting it up, it was easy to see why it has seen so much playing time. The neck is dead straight, allowing it to be played with the greatest of ease with very low action. The original T-top pickups have the perfect jazz tone through our Clark Bassman clone. If you are looking to sound like Wes Montgomery, look no further. Plugged into our '59 Vibrolux and switched to the bridge pickup, this beauty can kick out some mean blues without a doubt. The neck has a somewhat 60s like, medium C feel, but with very little taper. The nut width measures 1 11/16". The guitar weighs 7 lb 7 oz.A full inspection has been performed and only the work listed was needed to get this guitar ready for its next 40 years as a superb instrument, perfect for the working musician or for someone looking for a serious player's guitar. All work was done by a master luthier. This guitar has no cracks, anywhere. The finish and hardware all appear to be original, both by normal visual inspection and with a black light, except for the pickguard and bracket which were installed by our master luthier and a new custom truss rod cover. The braces and all joints are solid, and the binding is in excellent condition throughout. There are only some scattered, mild dings in the finish, but there are two spots of discoloration on the lower bout back that are clearly from a lot of time on a stand, and the finish appears to have picked up some black dye on the back and on the treble side. I've seen this before as a result of a lot of time being played at formal events. This guitar clearly belonged to someone who played professionally. There is a spot where the finish is worn through on the heel which probably is also related to time on a stand. Otherwise, the ebony fingerboard has some scratches and the gold hardware shows areas where the gold plate has worn off, as expected for a well played guitar. The frets have some wear, but there is a lot of life left before it will need a refret. The tip of the truss rod appears to have broken off long ago, but the rod was clearly professionally rethreaded, and now works well. The guitar is currently set up with a small amount of relief, and is certainly one of the best playing electric guitars, not just archtops, that I've had the chance to play.The original hard shell case is included, and is in superb condition. The original case was clearly not what was used for gigging.Ship for free in the continental United States. International shipping is available for this item. Please contact us for shipping quotes.
The neck has a somewhat 60s like, medium C feel, but with very little taper.  The nut width measures 1 11/16".  The guitar weighs 7 lb 7 oz.

A full inspection has been performed and only the work listed was needed to get this guitar ready for its next 40 years as a superb instrument, perfect for the working musician or for someone looking for a serious player's guitar.  All work was done by a master luthier.  

This guitar has no cracks, anywhere.  The finish and hardware all appear to be original, both by normal visual inspection and with a black light, except for the pickguard and bracket which were installed by our master luthier and a new custom truss rod cover.  The braces and all joints are solid, and the binding is in excellent condition throughout.  

There are only some scattered, mild dings in the finish, but there are two spots of discoloration on the lower bout back that are clearly from a lot of time on a stand, and the finish appears to have picked up some black dye on the back and on the treble side.  I've seen this before as a result of a lot of time being played at formal events.  This guitar clearly belonged to someone who played professionally.  There is a spot where the finish is worn through on the heel which probably is also related to time on a stand.  Otherwise, the ebony fingerboard has some scratches and the gold hardware shows areas where the gold plate has worn off, as expected for a well played guitar.  

The frets have some wear, but there is a lot of life left before it will need a refret.  The tip of the truss rod appears to have broken off long ago, but the rod was clearly professionally rethreaded, and now works well.  The guitar is currently set up with a small amount of relief, and is certainly one of the best playing electric guitars, not just archtops, that I've had the chance to play.

The original hard shell case is included, and is in superb condition.  The original case was clearly not what was used for gigging.

Ship for free in the continental United States. 

 

International shipping is available for this item.  Please contact us for shipping quotes.

SOLD - 1978 Gibson L-5 CESN

$6,399.00Price