A high-quality jazz box with a carved top and single floating humbucker.
The depth and mellowness of the Gibson L-5 CES is winning acclaim for this fine jazz guitar from some of the most discriminating artists. The tonal quality of the acoustic guitar and the advantages of an electric have been combined into one excellent instrument. Very few of these carved guitars are built each year because of the scarcity of the wood required and the handcrafting involved.
The build process for the L-5 has remained relatively unchanged since the 1950s, including the hand-tuning of the top and back. Guitarists sing the praises of the comfortable vintage neck; the fast, easy action; and the rich beauty of the carved spruce top. Other features on the Gibson guitar include a figured, carved maple back with solid maple rims; a pearl-inlaid ebony fingerboard; and beautiful multi white-black binding. With the creation of the L-5 in the 1920s, the modern archtop guitar was invented and it has set the standard for all carved guitars that have followed.