1957 Gibson L-5 CES

Although my main interest remains acoustic archtops; one thing that cannot miss in any jazz guitar arsenal is the classic humbucker-loaded Gibson.

The electric L-5 (dubbed CES for cutaway electric spanish; or CESN for the natural variety) does not have the same acoustic properties as a 'real' L5 model. By the time it was first conceived in 1950s it had design characteristics of both the acoustic L-5 as well as the electric (but plywood) ES-5 model. Its internal bracing supporting the top is thicker and wider apart making it not very loud, but very ridgid as needed for amplification.

I just love the neck on this which is thick and wide as it should be (for me at least)  and has a slight v-shape in its profile.

Although an example of the L5CES from 1957 could have had very early humbuckers, this particular guitar left the factory with P90 pickups. It was equipped with humbuckers later, and factory-refinished in the mid 1960s. 

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