The Gibson Custom L5 CES Archtop is a true masterpiece with the looks of a work of art and the playability and classic tone that demands to be played! Designed after the original L-5 CES guitars produced in 1958, Gibson Custom expertly crafts this instrument to yield all the timeless features that made the first one so desirable.
Gibson Custom L-5 CES Electric Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Stylish single cutaway
- Block inlays
- Artfully crafted headstock bearing a pearl inlay inspired by the urns of ancient Greece
- High-grade spruce top, maple back and rims
- Body is a substantial 17-inches wide, 21-inches long, and 3 3/8-inches deep
- Dimensions key to its rich, dark, woody tones
- Multi-ply binding in black or white
- Single-ply white binding outlines the f-holes
The L-5 CES from Gibson Custom is both imposing and graceful, with a stylish single cutaway, block inlays, and artfully crafted headstock. The headstock is itself a work of art, bearing a pearl inlay inspired by the urns of ancient Greece. The L-5 CES has a high-grade spruce top and maple back and rims. Its body is a substantial 17-inches wide, 21-inches long, and 3 3/8-inches deep – dimensions key to its rich, dark, woody tones. Multi-ply binding in black or white accents the top and back, and single-ply white binding outlines the f-holes
The guitar’s neck is made of high-grade maple and walnut supporting a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black or white binding. The ES rounded profile neck has a 25 1/2-inch scale length with a 1 11/16-inch width at the nut.
The electronics array is pure Gibson, with two ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, two volume knobs, two tone knobs, and a three-way selector switch. The Custom Shop’s L-5 CES is outfitted in all gold hardware and features Schaller M6s tuners. The instrument’s ABR-1 bridge has an ebony base and there’s an artfully rendered L-5 trapeze tailpiece.