1937 Gibson L5 Guitar For Sale

This is an "all original" 1937 Gibson L5, serial number 95314, including the original case. Only exception is the pickguard which was made for me, since the guitar came to me without a pickguard. I wanted to add a Benidetto floating pick-up (installed on the pickguard not the guitar. "The Benedetto S-6 pickup is the best floating pickup for acoustic archtop guitars that you can find on the market today. No matter if in the studio or on a live gig, I have always been impressed by its qualities. It manages to accurately reproduce the original acoustic sound of the instrument if played at a moderate volume level and sounds full, rich and more electric if you turn it up.”)

This guitar I inherited from the original owner who played it his entire life. He was from Grand Rapids MI, just 60 miles from where this guitar was built. When he died I received the guitar. I don't play jazz any longer so this guitar is for sale.

Luthier Dave Collins (Ann Arbor) worked on this guitar a few years back. He glued a separation on the corner between the back and sides. One photo indicates where the binding does not meet up with the sides where it was glued. The case is worn quite a bit, but it still functions.

about the L5......

The Gibson L-5 was created by the legendary Lloyd Loar, father of the renowned F-5 mandolin. One of the most influential instrument designers of the 20th century, Loar pioneered a number of key innovations, including very early work on the electric guitar. The Gibson L-5 is perhaps his most influential creation, and is widely regarded as the first successful commercially produced archtop guitar. Now in its ninth decade, the L-5 remains the most celebrated and influential jazz guitar of all time.


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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I can send more photos if you wish. The action and feel on this guitar is superb. The pick-up works great if you want a nice vintage jazz sound. No frills, effects, tone, just a simple volume control with and end pin jack. The original end pin is in the guitar case. Comes with a strap a free set of Jazz Swing Series JS 111 flat wound strings made by Tonastik-Infield.

On Jun-21-13 at 04:55:52 PDT, seller added the following information:

After further research this guitar has been confirmed as an original 1939 GIBSON L-5. A photo can be found in the 1939 catalog. Serial number and features match exactly, with the exception of the pickguard and floating pick-up.

On Jun-25-13 at 18:50:56 PDT, seller added the following information:

From a helpful inquirer.....Stan Werbin owner of Ederly is an old friend of mine,as is George Gruhn, Yes Gibson would would put a new neck on an older instrument. Back then you could call them and for a charge they would do anything you asked,Gibson was always there to please. If they changed the neck after 47 they would put the new logo neck on,they used all the old stock w/ the script logo pre 48 necks up,if send fender a guit. for a new color from mid fifties it would come back with a latestest logo and replaced parts,they never held onto old stock,they used up every thing,thats why post ww2 necks had the older script logos,they used up what they had left,by 47-8 old stock was finished and they used the new block letter gibson logo,what You say makes sense,if the body is thirty nine,and a pos 48 neck added later not an unusual thing...actually a early mid 50's neck is more desirable so if all the work was done at the Kalamazoo Factory,makes for a nice guitar...


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