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L5 CES | catalogue appearances | 1972 showcase brochure

The Gibson L-5CES guitar has appeared in numerous Gibson guitar catalogues since the model's introduction in 1951. In chronological order...

Gibson 1958 Electrics Catalogue

1958 Gibson Electrics catalogue

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

Gibson 1960 Electrics Catalogue

1960 Gibson Electrics catalogue

The inherent quality, versatility, and rich, impressive appearance of the L5-CES have won acclaim from the most discriminating artists.

Gibson 1962 Electrics Catalogue

1962 Gibson Electrics catalogue

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

1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

From the 1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

Guitarists everywhere praise the slim, comfortable neck, the fast, easy-playing action and quick response

Gibson 1966 Full Line catalogue

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.

1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

The 1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

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

1972 Gibson L-5CES showcase

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

1975 Gibson Electric Acoustics catalogue

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

1978 Gibson catalogue

From the 1978 Gibson catalogue

Custom carved spruce top. Carved maple back. Solid maple matching rims

1980 Gibson catalogue

The 1980 Gibson catalogue gives each model a page of it's own - the L-5CES is not exception, and is shown on page 9

The 1981 Gibson (Rosetti) catalogue was produced by UK distributors Rosetti.

Gibson 1983 guitar and bass catalogue

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

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