My L5 Collection
Bill P.
212.665.6914
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I would prefer that you personally inspect and take delivery from me at my location in Manhattan or from Mirabella Guitars in St. James, Long Island, New York. Otherwise, unless we agree on another method, I will ask Mirabella to ship to your location, at your expense by UPS or FedEx for 2d day delivery, insured in excess of the purchase price.

Each of my guitars has been inspected and to the extent required restored to vintage specification (with vintage parts if necessary) by Cris Mirabella. All condition and restoration issues are fully disclosed. I strongly urge you to inspect the guitar in person at my location or Mirabella's before shipping. I am happy to consider giving you a right of approval for a specific number of days, especially if you aren't able to audition the instrument in person prior to committing. But unless we agree by email on a right of approval in advance, all sales are final, "as-is, where-is" with no right of return. If you feel that I have materially misrepresented a particular condition or restoration issue, I will, at your request, consider an appropriate price reduction to be granted or denied in my reasonable discretion. This is not a policy of "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware." Instead I am asking you to commit to a purchase on the basis of my full disclosure and your right of prior inspection. I'm a private collector with a day job, not a retail store. I simply don't have the time or resources for you to shop casually. The vintage guitar market can be a tricky space to navigate--there's a fair amount of ignorance, misinformation and outright lying. I've gone to the effort and expense of having each guitar inspected and restored, to the extent necessary, by Cris Mirabella, the leading repair and restoration specialist of vintage arch-tops. You won't encounter any unwanted or undisclosed surprises. That adds a lot of value to the guitars.

Found 15 matches

1960 Lifton Cali Girl

$650
Ye Olde 16" Cali Girl thin-line archtop case. Gibson badge. Structurally sound and cosmetically very good to excellent. Some minor scuffing. Some wear on leather handle. Fits ES-335/45/55, ES-225/125, Epi Sorrento, etc.
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1960 Lifton 17" thin line archtop case

$175
Vintage Lifton 17" thin-line archtop case. Cali Girl. In poor condition. Seam separation, damage. Needs lots of electric tape. Hardware works, I think. Maybe you know a repair guy? I have three of these beat Cali-Girl cases, two full-depth 17" and one 17" thin line. Take them all for $400. Please.
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1950 Lifton 17" arch-top case

$150
Vintage Lifton 17" full-depth archtop case. Cali Girl. In poor condition. Seam separation, water damage. Needs lots of electric tape. Hardware works. Maybe you know a repair guy? I have three of these beat Cali-Girl cases, two full-depth 17" and one 17" thin line. Take them all for $425. Please.
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1950 Bigsby tailpieces

$450
Here are three (now 2) vintage Bigsby tailpieces, gold plated. They're all in great structural condition with no dings or scratches. The one on the left has good plating, except for the arm, which is worn to silver (This one is SOLD). The one in the middle is near mint and only needs to be wiped down. The other is mint. Good for your 1950's and 1960's Gibsons or whatever. Let's say $375 (SOLD),...
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1950 Gibson truss rod covers

$175
Three vintage Gibson truss rod covers. Class bell shape with white border. All in good condition. Will work on a variety of Gibsons from the 1950s and 1960s. $175 each.
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1962 Epiphone Sorrento

$3,250
1962 Epiphone Sorrento. Blonde. SN 83942. 16" thin-line body, sharp cutaway. Double PAF Mini-Humbuckers (really a Johnny Smith pick-up). ABR-1 with wire retainer and nylon saddles. Vintage reflector knobs, pots and harness. Very clean. Cool guitar that punches way above its weight. Basically it's like a thin-bodied ES-175 with a better bridge. Made at the Gibson factory with great materials...
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1955 Lifton 17" archtop case

$650
This is a Lifton 17" archtop case. Brown exterior, purple interior. Latches and handles are intact. The exterior is generally clean with some minor scuffs and wear around the seams. No seam separations or structural issues. Interior bears an Epiphone logo (epsilon). Overall a sound, clean vintage case for your 17" archtop (Gibson L5, L7, Epiphone Deluxe, etc).
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1960 Ess & Ess 16" thin-line archtop case

$325
This is a16" thin line archtop case from the Ess & Ess Musical Case Co. in Brooklyn, NY. Black pebble exterior, gold interior. Latches and handles are intact and shiny. The exterior is generally clean with some minor scuffs and wear under the chin. No seam separations or structural issues. It looks like a pick-guard blew up in the interior so the gold fleece has some black staining but it's just...
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1964 Epiphone Sorrento

$3,250
1964 Epiphone Sorrento. Blonde. 16" thin-line body, sharp cutaway. Single Patent No. Mini-Humbucker (really a Johnny Smith pick-up). ABR-1 with wire retainer and nylon saddles. Vintage reflector knobs and pots. Very clean. Some minor weather checking. Cool guitar that punches way above its weight. Basically it's like a thin-bodied ES-175 with a better bridge and livelier tone. Made at the Gibson...
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1959 Gibson PAF

$10,250
Virgo intacta. This pair of Double White PAFs came out of a 1959 ES-175 that was damaged in shipment in Spring 2018. They are now ready to fulfill their highest and best purpose by taking your vintage 'Burst to the next level in terms of optics and vibe (while adding a multiple of their cost to its value). No monkey business, excuses or stories. Long leads. All original. Covers never off. Black...
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1960 Gibson L5-CES

$20,750
As featured in the June 2019 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-unparalleled-beauty-of-the-gibson-l5-archtop. This is a rare PAF equipped, round-cut, blonde L-5CES. A.R. Duchossoir's "Gibson Electrics The Classic Years," pages 184,190, states that Gibson made 17 L-5CESN in 1960. Serial number A32922. FON R585 5... The body is 17” wide and a full 3-3/8”...
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1962 Gibson L5-CT

$26,250
As featured in the June 2019 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-unparalleled-beauty-of-the-gibson-l5-archtop. This is an extremely rare, thin-bodied, round-cut, blonde, 1962 L-5CT. Serial Number 43991.This is one of the last “George Gobel” model L-5CT's. The limited run of L5-CT's is described in A.R. Duchossoir's "Gibson Electrics The Classic Years" at...
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1962 Gibson Crest

$37,500
As featured in the June 2019 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-unparalleled-beauty-of-the-gibson-l5-archtop. This is an extremely rare, thin-bodied, sharp-cut 1962 Crest. Label says “Crest”. Serial Number 60319. This is one of six Crests that I've identified, each with slightly different features. They were individually sold by Andy Nelson, the great...
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1955 Gibson L5-CES Spec. thin model

$17,500
As featured in the June 2019 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-unparalleled-beauty-of-the-gibson-l5-archtop. This is the fourth of four Byrdland prototypes made by Gibson in 1955 at the request of Hank Garland and Billy Byrd. Gibson log description: “L5-CES A-20474 Spec. thin model.” Two went to Hank and Billy and Gibson kept the other two. The guitar is...
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1960 Gibson L5-CEST

$28,750
As featured in the June 2019 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-unparalleled-beauty-of-the-gibson-l5-archtop. Extremely rare, possibly one-off, PAF equipped, round-cut, thin-bodied L-5CEST. The label says “L5-CES A-34510.” Factory Order Number: R 5886 1. Registered on September 8, 1960. In "Gibson Electrics The Classic Years," page 183, A.R. Duchossoir...
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