Gibson L-5 (1934)



The model name L-5 has become synonymous not only with jazz guitar but the very word guitar itself. Right there with D-28's and J-45's, the original Gibson L-5 set the standard for what a jazz guitar should be. It also stands along with the F-5 as Lloyd Loar's crowning achievement with Gibson. Still in production today, almost 100 years since its introduction, and oft-imitated by the many of today's finest luthiers (think Bill Collings' AT-16!), the L-5 set the benchmark for acoustic arch tops. 

This model hails from 1934 and still retains most of Loar's original design elements.  A bit of guitar minutia to some but to the consummate connoisseur an important distinction between Golden Era Gibsons and their later period, this L-5 still retains solid bracing as opposed to the kerfed bracing Gibson was transitioning over to around this time. The back and sides feature that same rich, quilted maple often seen on guitars from the previous decade. The condition is spectacular and 100% original.There is some playing wear at the back of the neck because surprise!, someone actually played this beauty, although quite lovingly.  And with the exception of the replaced handle, the case itself is as clean as they get and looks like it was made a decade ago.The guitar comes from one of our more discerning collector clients who only deals in the best. You'd be hard-pressed to find a cleaner example. 


  • 1 3/4" nut
  • 16" body width
  • 24 3/4" scale length
  • Serial # 91198
  • FON 947

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