Massive top, ebony fretboard
Typical L5 tailpiece
17' body with massive top
Gibson pickup switch
Flowerpot inlay, Kluson Sealfast tuners
I love my L5!
Initially produced as an acoustic in 1922 under the direction of famed Gibson luthier Lloyd Loar,
the L-5 was Gibson's first guitar with f-holes.
In the 1940s the model became the rhythm box of choice for big band players and later the standard guitar for Wes Montgomery, who would eventually receive a custom model. And it was already one of the world's most popular guitars when Gibson first electrified the model in 1951.
Gibson put a pair of P-90 single-coil pickups and a rosewood bridge on the first 31 L-5 CES models to emerge from the original Kalamazoo plant in 1951.
In 1958, 21 examples of the classic version of the L-5 CES that's produced today by Gibson's Custom Shop emerged, beefed up with two humbucking pickups and an ABR-1 bridge.