I so wish I owned a Gibson L5

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  1. BryanMatthews

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    aint she just a beauty.:drool

    I have played a L5 and it blew my mind, no wonder it was the choice of Wes Montgomery. If it wasnt for the spleen rupturing price , I just might be able to get one past my wife.

    Any of you guys here lucky enough to own an L5 and got any pics ?

    Bryan
     
  2. Danny W.

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    Oh my!

    Can I come over for a jam session?

    No L5, but I have is this old '93 Le Grand that I could bring.

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    Some of those look smaller in the picture. Are those the Larry Carlton signatures or just an optical dillusion?

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  5. Danny W.

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  6. stratotonedude

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    If I saw an L-5 for sale in my favorite music store, Action Music in Arlington, Virginia, I would probably have to buy it even if I had to sell a few of my guitars to get it.
     
  7. Danny W.

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    They are L-5 Signature models, which are identical to a standard L-5 except for the body size, which is 15.5" w x 2.625" deep. These usually have two pickups. The Lee Ritenour L-5 Signature has the same body, but is acoustically braced, has a single floating pickup and a "fingers" tailpiece.

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    Nice

    I saw your other picture in the Archtop love thread in the Small Luthier Section. Citations, Kalamazoo Award model, Le Grands, floating pup L5 ....

    You've come to a dangerous place. You'll also have a room full of archtops from other makers before you're done here. If you don't already.

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    I've got an early '70's L5 CES in cherry sunburst.

    Love it with flatwounds.
     
  11. Danny W.

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    Been there, done that many times. Have had archtops from many luthiers.

    Never found that I enjoyed playing them any more than my Gibsons, so that's all I play now.

    Danny W.
     
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    Cool.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    What amps are you using with your archtops?

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  14. Danny W.

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    For the last 6 years I've been using Acoustic Image amps & Raezer's Edge cabinets. My current gigging amp is usually an AI Corus.

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  15. BryanMatthews

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    guys

    got any clips using your L5`s ?

    Bryan
     
  16. slopeshoulder

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    I have 10 electrics, and the ONLY one I still want is an L-5 (I have no desire for 5 of them). But not likely as the old one's are VERY expensive, and I don't play jazz anymore, and if I did, I'd use a solidbody or semi-hollow. But I will NEVER shake the feeling of walking into a music store in '70 (at 10 years old) for a guitar lesson and hearing a great wes-type player playing an L-5 through a Twin. Classic! Punch, bite, smooth, etc. I prefer the CES version with sunken full size humbuckers. And what a vibe!!
    BTW, a friend of mine sold a 60's L-5 for $650 in '83 to get a computer for grad school, and I sold my '68 byrdland for $500 to get a butcher block and wicker dinette set (newlywed) in '84. I still mourn.
     
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    IMHO, the Gibson L-5CES is the most beautiful guitar ever made. But be careful what you wish for. I ordered one new (couldn't afford a vintage one) about 8 or 9 years ago. Waited almost 2 years for it. Took it out of the case for the first time and it fretted out in 2 places. Since I'd waited 2 years for it and just got it I didn't want to send it back and wait another 6-12 months. So I paid a good tech to do a fret job. Then one night a couple years later I walked by it and another much cheaper archtop (Korean made Epiphone Zephyr Blues Deluxe) and plucked the strings acoustically on both. The Epi sounded much more alive. I then turned to look at them and...WTF?!!! The tailpiece on the L-5CES was mounted off center!!! I had never seen such shoddy workmanship, let alone from a "Custom Shop". This was Gibson's Custom Shop effort?!! I sold it soon after.
    OK, now all that said, this cloud has a silver lining. In one instance of what could have been total stupidity I bought a new one off Custom Shop Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster with 3 P-90 pu's (I installed Lollars although the originals sounded great) and Gibson really redeemed themselves. Wonderfully crafted guitar. Sounds and plays absolutely killer. It's a lifetime keeper. I still have some serious reservations about Gibson's business decisions (i.e. their internet advertising/selling policies). But I no longer have doubts about their quality control. They are indeed making some outstanding instruments. And consistently so. Anyway, just thought I'd share.


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  18. The Pup

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    I have two L-5 "like" guitars.

    This one is acoustically a cannon and sounds amazing either plugged-in or not:

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    ...this one is the worst $7,600 I ever spent...it's a dog. Never buy a jazz box without playing it first. The guitar is set up nicely with a perfect bridge fit. I just hope it opens up in time. Woof woof.

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    I'm really digging these lighter gauge strings lately:

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    I have two friends who each have the L-5. One of them mainly plays a Barney Kessel through a BF Deluxe Reverb, and I got used hearing him every week with that. Then one night he showed up with the L-5 and his BF Pro Reverb and I couldn't believe my ears. I mean, once you've heard a good player using a Barney Kessel through a BFDR, you don't really expect you're going to hear a whole lot that will top it. The L-5->Pro Reverb topped it.
     
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    I hope you get one. I bought mine in 1989 for $1500. I was taking jazz bass and guitar lessons at the time, and my teacher craved an L5. I got it because I respected his judgment, but once I played it, I was smitten. Just a wonderful instrument that plays like butter. It also covers a wide variety of styles from acoustic and jazz to rock. Here she is!

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