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GIBSON L-5 S, 1981

Cherry sunburst. What a nice guitar: the so-called solidbody version of the famed L-5 archtop was one of the really interesting guitars produced by Gibson in the obscure mid 70s - early 80s era. Not only a differently shaped Les Paul, but a totally different guitar. After the early years, the L-5 S abandoned its archtop-style tailpiece and low-impedance pickups for more familiar and highly performing stop-bar and regular humbuckers. Unlike a Les Paul, the body was ALL made of maple which gave the instrument a very distinctive sound, and the thinner shape kept the weight in acceptable terms. While not popular like the Les Paul, the L-5 S was a highly regarded guitar, especially among professional players (including jazz icons like Pat Martino).
This example comes from the early 80s and is in exceptionally fine conditions. Beautiful cherry sunburst finish, totally unfaded and with minimal traces of wear. Just barely visible pick and belt-buckle signs, but never through the finish. The body is very thin and comfortable, and has a very nice top (three pieces, like the rule was in those times) and back, with gorgeous flames. The access to the control cavity is closed by a wooden door made of the same maple piece of the back, so the grain and flames run evenly through all the back. The neck is all made of maple, three pieces with two laminated walnut or mahogany stripes, and has a comfortable rounded shape, easy action and is a joy to play. The back of the headstock features the typical thick volute, which on the L-5 S has the additional function of balancing the body's weight when the guitar is hanging on your shoulder. Beautiful ebony fingerboard with abalone block inlays and flowerpot L-5 headstock inlay.
All original gold-plated hardware which includes Gibson tulip-shaped metal tuners, stop bar tailpiece, B-2 tune-o-matic bridge. Original pickups and electronics, original knobs and jack plate. Everything is working properly, with no functional problems. Great playability, good original frets (they have been leveled and polished once in the past) and excellent sound, loud, warm (even hot if you need) and very defined, never muddy. You can use it both for your jazz gigs and for more aggressive styles because this guitar does it all!
A gorgeous and all-original high-end Gibson solidbody for a very interesting price - just see today's market prices for this model! Original hardshell case in excellent condition as well.

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