July 30, 2004
Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic division has introduced an updated and improved version of the L-5S solidbody electric guitar, a model originally made in the 1970s and played by Rolling Stones guitarists Ron Wood and Keith Richards. A newly designed, lighter-weight companion model, the L-4S also debuted with the L-5S at the Summer NAMM show.
The new models have a single-cutaway body that is wider than Gibson's flagship solidbody, the Les Paul Standard, but not as deep. Like the classic Les Pauls, the L-5S has a mahogany back and a maple top cap. The Style 5 designation is rooted in the 1920s, when Gibson named its new, and now legendary, archtop acoustic guitar the L-5. Across the Gibson line, from guitars to mandolins to banjo, Style 5 has represented the highest level of achievement in instrument design. The L-5S, with S standing for Solidbody, brought that tradition to the solidbody line from 1972-85 in its original version. The new L-5S features a single humbucking and Ebony finish, like the custom model played by Keith Richards, along with coil-tap capability, three-piece maple neck, multi-ply body and neck binding, ebony fingerboard, pearl block inlay and gold-plated hardware. MSRP: $5,444.
The L-4S has a one-piece mahogany body and a mahogany neck, along with two humbucking pickups, coil-tap capability, multi-ply body binding, single-ply neck binding, rosewood fingerboard, double-parallelogram inlays, nickel-plated hardware and Cherry or Vintage Sunburst finish. MSRP: $4,024.
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