Pre-Owned Gibson 1973 Custom L-5 CES - Sunburst with Hard Shell Case


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Vintage Gibson L5-CES 1973 -  Sunburst

The Gibson L5-CES from 1973 in Sunburst is a true classic in the world of jazz guitars. First introduced in 1922, the L5-CES quickly became a favorite among jazz guitarists and has been played by some of the most legendary jazz musicians of all time, including Charlie Christian, Les Paul, and Wes Montgomery. With its signature design and premium construction, the L5-CES is a testament to the craftsmanship and innovation that Gibson is known for.

We believe this guitar to be almost entirely original, with the only unconfirmed specifications being the bridge, saddle and hard shell case. The pot codes would indicate a 1973 build. It is currently strung with D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel strings with a wound third.

This L-5 is in good condition for its age and has undergone a full professional inspection and setup from our certified in-house luthier. The neck is nice and straight and fits comfortably in the hand. Fretwear is light given the year. Cosmetically, there is a moderate amount of all-over wear to the finish at the top, back and sides of the body, neck, and headstock as well as wear to the hardware, all of which can be seen in photos. 

As always, this guitar ships fully insured with signature required. 

  • Hand-carved close-grained spruce
  • Curly maple back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay
  • Dual humbucking pickups
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Nut width: 1.68" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard radius: 12" (305mm)
  • Inlays: Pearl Block
  • Neck shape: Five-piece curly maple - Slim, fast, low actioned
  • Orientation: Right-handed
  • Nut material: Synthetic Bone
  • Tuning machine style: Deluxe Individual machine heads 
  • Bridge: Adjustable Tune-O-Matic (Additional Pinned Saddle is included)
  • Tailpiece: L-5 Exclusive
  • Hardware: Gold Plated 
  • Pickguard: Tortoise

Neck Measurements:

  • Width at 1st: 1.710"

  • Width at 12th: 2.079"

  • Depth at 1st: .803"

  • Depth at 9th: .942"


SN: 173857

"*** This item is at Five Star Guitars on consignment. As a result, all sales are final.***"