Gibson L-5 1932 Sunburst

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  • $9,000$11,500

The original, all-acoustic non-cutaway Gibson L-5 set a template that influenced jazz archtop design for decades after its debut in 1923. It originally had a 16" wide body, switching over to a larger 17" width in 1935. The earlier, 16" specimens are more highly sought after. 

The 1932 model is one of the last years to have the smaller body. Some came with a standard trapeze tailpiece, while others had a Kaufman vibrola tailpiece. Having one or the other does not affect a specimen's market value. 

Years of Production: 1923 - 1958


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