1997 Gibson Custom Shop L-5 Studio

Trans Blue Burst

Archtop Electric Guitar

Hollow Body Construction

Solid Carved Spruce Top and Maple Back

USED! Just in on Consignment

The top of the line Gibson L-5CES was introduced way back in 1951 as Gibson's premier archtop electric guitar. In 1996, responding to the demand to produce a more price-friendly alternative for the working player, Gibson introduced the L-5 Studio. Identical in design, bracing and scale to its spendy cousin, the L-5 Studio is also fitted with a solid, hand carved top and back. Spruce for the soundboard, Maple for the back, sides and neck, and an Ebony fingerboard. The same in every way as the more expensive L-5 CES, but with paired down cosmetic decoration for a more reasonable price point. Produced in limited quantities over just a few years, the L-5 Studio is now one of the rarest versions of Gibson's premier jazz guitar, and certainly the most affordable ever.

This particular example is in great shape, and all original. Like all our used/vintage gear it has been tested for functionality and priced to move. Sold as-is. What you see is what you get. There are no serious issues, damage, repairs, or modifications, though it does show heavy hardware oxidation (we polished it up as best we could) and cosmetic evidence of being played over the last 27 or so years. If you are looking for a museum grade collector piece this may not be the best option, but if you are looking for a true player’s piece in very good shape overall – including excellent tone, playability and functionality, then this is a great choice. Just through our shop for a complete “the works” setup with fret dress, clean/test electronics, and general overall clean bill of health. READY TO ROCK (or Jazz, or Blues, or whatever you want to play with it)

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Listed25 days ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.Learn more
  • L-5 Studio
  • Trans Blue Burst
  • 1997
Made In
  • United States
Neck Construction
  • Set-Neck
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Model Sub-Family
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Model Family
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Color Family
  • Red
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Stop-Bar
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
Number of Frets
  • 20
Body Material
  • Maple
Neck Material
  • Maple
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Nut Width
  • 1.6875"
Scale Length
  • 25.5"

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Northfield, IL, United States
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