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kego
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Aug 10th, 2017 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whew! I've wanted one of these for years, but never saw one I was willing to pay for...lol

A local shop had one on clearence (actually two, so I got to pick the one I liked best). They have been on their wall for over three years so they clearanced them a few months ago. I watched the price drop, then drop, and drop again until it was within financial reach, shook off the sweats and grabbed it.

Man, I've had it for a couple weeks now and it it's one SWEET sounding guitar. I've had a ES-165 Herb Ellis for years that has been a good go to jazz box, and a 1957 ES-350 that has become more of a blues box, but this L5 is just stunning!

I do believe this one is a keeper, and if I ever decide to sell it I should be able to actually make a few bucks!

Not mine, but close enough...

(This message was last edited by kego at 06:58 PM, Aug 10th, 2017)

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Aug 10th, 2017 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow! SWEET guitar.

The L5, first made in 1922, was the very first archtop acoustic guitar with F holes. Up to that point, guitars usually had one large round hole. It was known as a "cello guitar" back then.

CES = cutaway, electric Spanish.

kego
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Aug 11th, 2017 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, and they have made several variations since then, including adding pickups in the '40's.

I'm liking it!

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Aug 12th, 2017 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good grief, man! That is a beautiful guitar. Congrats to you and enjoy it for all of us.

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Aug 12th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stunning! Congrats!

kego
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Aug 12th, 2017 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! I got it for over 55% off the regular price, so I couldn't really say no. But even then I'm certainly glad that I got 24 month financing...lol. When I was working I would have just paid cash (and still could if I wanted too), but spreading it out over at least a few months does help the ol' cash flow...lol

It's definitely a keeper. I don't think they make too many of these things every year.

kego
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Aug 12th, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll bring it to the next jam...lol

jazzguy

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Aug 12th, 2017 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the club!
I bought my first one 35 yrs ago in my neighborhood from the newspaper classifieds ($900!)
My previous electric was an ES-175 and getting an L-5 was like getting a Rolls.

Since then I've had many others (currently have 4 from the 20s to 60s) but I still remember getting my 1st
Enjoy!

kego
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Aug 14th, 2017 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! Yeah, as much as I like my Herb Ellis the L5 is just amazing. The HE will stay, but it's roll may be reduced...lol

My ES-350 is from early '57, one of the last ones with P-90's and it just screams! A previous owner put a Bigsby on it and I'd like to find a decent original-esque tailpiece for it but no luck yet.

jazzguy

Philly, B-3 Capital

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Aug 14th, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

is your 350 a 'T' thin model?


kego
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Aug 14th, 2017 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep...nearly no feed back if you use it right!

kego
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Aug 14th, 2017 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I told a friend of mine that now I gotta woodshed enough to know more than 4 or 5 jazz chords...lol

jazzguy

Philly, B-3 Capital

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Aug 14th, 2017 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

here's a semi decent originalesque t.p.
there's a real one currently on the bay as well...

linkage

kego
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Aug 14th, 2017 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow - Thanks! The originals almost never come up...at least not when I look...lol

jazzguy

Philly, B-3 Capital

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Aug 14th, 2017 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just checked it, I'd probably stay away from that $375 one [not the one I linked]
you want an engraved one

kego
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Aug 14th, 2017 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, an engraved one would be the ticket, although that aftermarket one you linked too ain't bad (except it would need some relicing to match the rest of the guitar)!

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