Instrument Details

1949 Gibson L-5 Birdseye Maple/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1949
Model
L-5
Serial #
A-3203
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4521
Condition
Excellent Usual finish checking for vintage Gibson, slight dinging near the pickguard and lower bout below the bridge. Some swirling and buckle rash on the back. Light fret wear.
Body Type(s)
Large
Back & Sides
Maple
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Maple - Flamed - 3 Piece
Bridge
Rosewood - Adjustable
Top Trim
6 Ply Celluloid
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Celluloid
Fret Markers
MOP Block
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Celluloid
Tuners
Kluson
Tuner Finish
Antique Gold
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20.25 in
Upper Bout
12 in
Lower Bout
16.5 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
3 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645.2 mm
Nut Width
1.68 in
Nut Width (mm)
42.7 mm
String Spacing
2.06 in
String Spacing (mm)
52.3 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

The Gibson L-5 is the genisis of great archtop guitars, it was the forerunner to the extremely popular Super-400, and inspired many changes in the way archtops were built. The L-5 was one of the first archtops to have a fully carved top and back, producing great tone and clarity. With its slightly smaller body, this L-5 has a bit more brighter tone and is easier to hold than its sibling the Super-400. This 1949 L-5 in Birdseye Maple and Spruce is in great shape with only slight wear on the top and back, incredibly impressive shape for its age. Tonally this guitar is smooth and buttery in the midrange with a bright and bell like treble section, all reined in with a tight and controlled bass strings.

This L-5 is great fun to play, and in incredible shape for its years. Many people think Gibson perfected the archtop design, and this one really does that notion justice.
 
The world famous Gibson L-5 has been a favorite among Jazz players for generations. This one plays great and the neck is amazing. It's in great condition too.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.68 in
STRING SPACING 2.06 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAPLE

The Gibson L-5 is the genisis of great archtop guitars, it was the forerunner to the extremely popular Super-400, and inspired many changes in the way archtops were built. The L-5 was one of the first archtops to have a fully carved top and back, producing great tone and clarity.
 

This L-5 is great fun to play, and in incredible shape for its years. Many people think Gibson perfected the archtop design, and this one really does that notion justice.
 
The world famous Gibson L-5 has been a favorite among Jazz players for generations. This one plays great and the neck is amazing.
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