Serial #: 11798001, orange Custom Shop label. Master Model label signed James Culbertson, 3/28/18.
Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Body depth: 2 3/8" Neck depth: .82/.97, 1st/10th fret
Finish: Ice Tea burst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid handcarved bookmatched AAA curly maple back, tiger-flame sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard with block mother of pearl inlays; abalone torch and headstock logo; 7-ply top binding; bound back, neck and f-holes.
Hardware: All gold hardware includes twin Gibson Custom Bucker pickups, 5-ply bound tortoise pickguard; Gibson gold top hat volume and tone controls, engraved tailpiece with art-deco insert, Schaller M6 tulip key tuners, compensated adjustable gold ABR-1 Tuneomatic bridge with inlaid ebony foot, three-way pickup selector switch, adjustable truss rod.
Notes: The electric version of the L-5C, the L-5CES was introduced in 1951, and has been Gibson's top-line electric guitar ever since. A favorite of pro players from George Barnes to Herb Ellis and Wes Montgomery, the L-5CES is built with solid carved tonewood throughout, all gold hardware, deluxe multi-ply binding, and twin humbucking pickups since 1957.
The L-5 Doublecut marks the most significant innovation in body design for this venerable model in over half a century. With the additional cutaway in the upper bass bout, the instrument also offers a slimmed body that reduces side depth by a full inch, for enhanced player comfort. Produced in very limited numbers, this scarce example is in 100% original showroom condition, with an intensely flamed maple back, sides and neck, and a solid carved fine-grained spruce soundboard. Neck is a classic gentle D profile, elegant and comfy, with a fingerboard of solid ebony. Tone is warm, rich and sweet, as befits an instrument of its distinguished pedigree.
This innovative model is a unique prize for the player and collector alike. This pristine example is dead mint, and comes complete with its original plush hardshell case and original paperwork including the Crimson Certificate of Authenticity. Catch this rare bird while you can: one only, call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with .012 nickel roundwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Original black deluxe arched Gibson logo plush hardshell case, with Certificate of Authenticity.
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