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Overview

Originally built by legendary Gibson luthier, Lloyd Loar, the Gibson L-5 is an extremely collectible acoustic archtop. The earliest L-5s are the most prized, but later examples like those from the '50s are still very highly regarded instruments. Starting in 1939, a cutaway version was produced which lasted until 1982.

Years of Production: 
1939 - 1958

Body Style: Archtop acoustic

Design Elements: F-holes, bound fingerboard, block inlays

Notable Players: Maybelle Carter, Lee Ritenour, Wes Montgomery

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • L-5
Finish
  • Natural
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1939 - 1958
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Back Material
  • Maple
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Sides Material
  • Maple
Top Material
  • Spruce

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