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This 2016 Gibson L9 was made by the Crimson Custom division where the best of best guitar builders at Gibson were working at the time.  The guitar was signed off by James Culbertson whose reputation as head of the division was impeccable.  This guitar is in phenomenal, near mint condition with only the lightest of surface scratching of the clear coat.  This guitar could easily be buffed out to look 100% mint.  The action is low and fast.  It plays simply beautifully with all notes ringing out clearly.  The carved, solid, intensely flamed maple top is a nice touch.  This guitar is made all of solid woods and is a full hollowbody with only a reinforcing strip in the top for mounting of the bridge and stop bar tailpiece.  It is very resonant and pairs so very well with the 57 Classic humbuckers, one of the best pickups Gibson has ever used in archtop guitars.


Weight - 6.8 pounds


The guitar comes with the original Gibson Custom hardshell case, the Crimson Custom Certificate of Authenticity, warranty card, and all hang tags.


Ships free worldwide.


Full specs:


Archtop tradition and innovation with a carved top and '57 Classics.

Gibson invented the archtop guitar in the 1890s and developed the most desirable models of all time through the "jazz age" in the mid 20th Century. The L-9 from Gibson Custom continues that tradition in a carved-top archtop guitar with a stylish nod to its solidbody cousin the Les Paul and a major dose of electrified versatility.

Gibson Custom's craftspeople take advantage of more than a century's worth of experience tuning carved tops to dial in a full range of tones–from classic jazz to punchy rock–with a newly designed inner top carve and just enough mass around the pickups to minimize feedback.

Two 57 Classic humbuckers and a traditional control complement with CTS pots and bumblebee tone caps translate this guitar's full beauty to your amp of choice, while lightweight hardware and vintage Gibson appointments top off a superb look and feel.



  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Figured Maple
  • Body wood: 1-piece Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed


  • Neck shape: 1959 Les Paul
  • Neck wood: 1-piece Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss


  • Material: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)


  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: '57 Classic
  • Brand: Gibson Custom
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None


  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No


  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
  • Color: Nickel


SOLD - 2016 Gibson Custom Shop L-9 Archtop - Near Mint

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