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Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
Gibson 1989 Custom Shop L4-CES, Antique Burst (Pre-Owned)
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Here is probably the best example of an L4-CES we have seen - and a number of them have been through our shop!

Having been made made in1989, Gibson's Custom Shop was still in it's infancy having only been around for 3 years when they decided to reissue this classic guitar. This one as seen in our photos, was signed and checked by the original head of Gibson's Custom Shop, James Hutchins - who was instrumental in creating the Custom Shop and in the manufacturing process of many of the instruments produced there. 

With little to show the age of this particular example, this guitar looks, plays and sounds amazing!

The L4-CES features art-deco detailing, such as the mother of pearl inlaid bridge, tailpiece, fingerboard and headstock inlay, that when paired with the Nitrocellulose Antique Burst, exude class.

 

Here's what Gibson have to say;

The L-4 was developed as a louder, bolder update of Gibson’s popular L-1 and L-3 designs, advertised as a “grand concert size” model with 20 frets, one more than its predecessors. The L-4’s top changed radically in 1935 when, under the direction of the company’s famed designer Lloyd Loar, the round sound hole was replaced by a pair of f-holes to enhance tone and projection. During the ‘40s, many elements were added including crown pegheads and parallelogram inlays on its fingerboard, but the biggest innovation in the guitar’s design came in 1949 with electrification.

To meet the demands of the dawn of popular music’s electric age, Gibson first created the laminated top ES-175 in 1948 based on the construction of the acoustic carved top L-4. But players still wanted a genuine electric full-bodied L-4 with a carved top. The first wave of these guitars were built in small batches throughout the 1950s, but were perfected late in the decade. Along the way the guitar’s body traded its rounded edges for a single cutaway horn to allow easier access to the high notes – a sign of the L-4’s evolution from rhythm to lead-and-rhythm instrument. Finally, in 1958, the design reached a pinnacle with a run of 20 guitars bearing the Gibson L-4 CES name. Some had Charlie Christian pickups, others Alnicos, and a few sported humbuckers. Over time the humbuckers proved the most versatile and practical, and thus today’s graceful mahogany L-4 CES model reached maturity.

Body
Today’s gorgeous L-4 CES six-strings still adhere to the classic design of their namesakes. They have a solid carved spruce top and a carved solid mahogany back and rims. They are a comfortable 16-inches wide, 20-inches long, and 3 3/8th-inches deep and come in wine red, natural, and vintage sunburst finishes with multi-ply white or black binding on top, with single ply white binding on their backs.

Neck
Contributing much to the guitar’s silky, lush, deep tone is the one-piece mahogany neck. It has a 24-inch scale length and is 1 11/16-inches wide at the nut. True to the model’s historic evolution, today’s L-4 CES has a 20 fret ebony fretboard with pearl split parallelogram inlays and single ply white binding. It boasts the classic ES rounded profile and a headstock with vintage tulip shape tuners.

Hardware
Featuring attractive gold hardware, the electronics and controls are pure Gibson: two’57 Classic humbucking pickups, two volume pots, two tone pots, and a 3-way pickup selector switch. The tailpiece is the iconic L-4 T-shape style and the bridge a hard working ABR-1. The L-4 CES, after being examined and set up on Gibson’s state-of-the-art Pleck machines, is shipped wearing L-5 Electric .012 strings. These marvelous guitars come with a Custom Shop case and certificate of authenticity. But the real proof is in their great tone and style.

Specification
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Model
l4-ces-ab
Part Number
l4-ces-ab
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Gibson
Stock Availability
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Type
Electric Guitar
Body Shape
Semi
Pickup Configuration
H / H
Body Material
Spruce
Soundboard
Solid Spruce
Back & Sides
Solid Mahogany
Fingerboard
Ebony
Neck Material
Mahogany
Colour
Sunburst
Scale Length
24.75" (628.65mm)
Construction
Set Neck
Finish
Gloss
Case Supplied
Gibson Case
Number of Strings
6

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