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The Gibson L-5CES guitar has appeared in numerous Gibson guitar catalogues since the model's introduction in 1951. In chronological order...
Hand-graduated, carved top of select close-grain spruce arched, highly figured curly maple back with matching curly maple rims alternate black and white ivoroid binding modern cutaway design small, comfortable feeling three-piece curly maple neck with Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
The inherent quality, versatility, and rich, impressive appearance of the L5-CES have won acclaim from the most discriminating artists.
A beautiful modern deep cutaway guitar with hand-graduated, carved top of select close-grained spruce, arched back of highly figured curly maple, with matching rims
Guitarists everywhere praise the slim, comfortable neck, the fast, easy-playing action and quick response
The 1966 Gibson full line catalogue is the first to show the entire Gibson guitar range in colour. The L5-CES appears on page 4, alongside the Super 400 CES and ES-175D models.
Professional musicians enjoy the fast neck action and quick response of the L-5 CES. This electric acoustic offers performance to match its rich, impressive appearance
In 1972 Gibson launched a flyer devoted to the L-5CES - The Gibson L-5CES Guitar of the Month Showcase. The spruce used on the L-5CES is from a tree approximately 450-500 years old. Only a very small portion of the world's spruce yield is good enough to use in production of the Gibson L-5CES
From the Gibson 1975 Electric Acoustics catalogue
Gibson custom order guitars are unequalled anywhere because their materials design and craftsmenship are unavailable anywhere else. Close even-grained spruce from trees 450-500 years old; solid woods, not veneered; hand carved and graduated tops and backs; precision f-holes based on Stradivarius violin construction
From the 1978 Gibson catalogue
Custom carved spruce top. Carved maple back. Solid maple matching rims
The 1981 Gibson (Rosetti) catalogue was produced by UK distributors Rosetti.
Gibson 1983 American made World played guitar and bass catalogue
The Gibson L-5CES is the heart and soul of the entire Gibson line - the proud descendent of Lloyd Loars masterpiece L-5, the worlds first arch top, f-hole guitar in 1923. Today's L-5CES has specially designed bracing, a carved maple back, hand-shaped rims and a beautifully finished spruce top