There are few examples of second hand instruments of such prestigious standing that present in as immaculate condition as this Gibson L-5. You would be forgiven for mistaking this for a brand new guitar. Close inspection by the most discerning eye will not find a fault on this instrument. There are no pick marks, no polishing swirls, not even a mark on the back where a buttoned shirt has idly sat whilst the guitar is played. The guitar is a true example of a perfectionist collector's instrument, so far as it still retains that brand new Gibson smell when you open the case. The only sign that this guitar was not manufactured yesterday is some extremely faint tarnishing in the gold hardware on the tailpiece, which is naturally occurring and to be expected.
We have taken great care to preserve this instrument as the original owner has. The only time we have allowed this instrument out of the case was during our photography procedure for this web listing. As the guitar is a truly perfect and mint condition example, we are endeavouring to not allow it to be played by any staff or patrons, in order to preserve it's immaculate presentation. We have confirmed the electronics work perfectly and without issue during a very brief checkover. The strings appear to be untouched and original. A testament to how well the guitar has been kept, the strings have no rust or signs of age at all.
This L-5 was purchased by the original owner brand new in 2010. The guitar bares the signature of James Hutchins, and based on the build date would be one of the last to have received his sign. The guitar comes in its original Gibson Custom hard case, along with the booklet stating it's authenticity.
The current Australian RRP of this guitar sits at $22,999. We have priced this guitar to reflect it being second hand but presenting as a truly brand new instrument. Please browse our photos and enjoy the exceptional beauty of this guitar. In particular, it is worth taking note of the beautifully flamed maple back, sides and neck. The flame on the neck is especially striking in person, giving the guitar an almost other-wordly appearance. Every detail on this guitar was tended to with the most careful consideration in the factory, and it has been cared for with an equal discipline.
Please contact Brendan or Zac at DW Music on (02) 6163 3600, or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further details, photographs or information on this guitar.
From Gibson's website:
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 ’51. Although the guitars never went into high production, the company’s engineers continued to work on numerous modifications. 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.