1978 Gibson L-5CES Sunburst L5
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Gibson L-5CES "Norlin Era" 1969 - 1985

Gibson L-5CES "Norlin Era" 1969 - 1985

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The Gibson L-5 CES is the electric cutaway version of the iconic L-5 acoustic archtop. In the first years of production, it featured P-90 pickups and later Alnico V pickups until humbuckers debuted in 1957, which is still uses. Unlike most other Gibson guitars, it has a 25.5 inch scale. It featured a sharp cutaway between 1960 - 1969, with a rounded cutaway for all other years. 

This model is also produced in limited numbers in a natural finish, which creates slightly higher value. 

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Product Specs

  • L-5CES
  • Natural
  • Sunburst
  • 1969 - 1985
Made In
  • United States
Body Material
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 24.75"
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