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#1 User is offline   Chordguy 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 04:38 PM

I have a 2002 L5 Wes Montgomery.... the tailpiece does not have L5 inscribed... has anyone ever seen a L5 tailpiece like this? Thanks, a bit concerned.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 05:56 PM

The engraving on the L-5 tailpiece has varied greatly through the years, and in some eras almost from instrument to instrument.

There was also a period when the "L5" was on the insert, not the tailpiece itself. Yours could be one of those that was changed over to the "Wes" insert.

I might be able to give your more info with a couple of good photos. Please include the back of the tailpiece if possible.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 06:51 PM

Here is a picture

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 06:53 PM

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:22 PM

My Wes Monts don't have the L5 engraved either.. these tailpieces are used for other Gibson Guitars.. so I would guess inserts are cheaper to add name designations too..( e.g.;L4) Tal Farlow.( Gold Plated on request ) . , as so on..
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Posted 02 January 2016 - 09:31 AM

The engraving on yours is similar to my 1990. As you can see in this photo of mine, the "L5" is on the insert, with MOP inlayed into a piece of ebony. There is no "L5" engraved on the tailpiece itself.

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As I said above, there are so many variations of the engraving on the L5 tailpiece through the years, and as there is a "normal", or "standard" configuration, there are MANY variations. Do a google image search of "Gibson L5 Tailpiece", and you won't believe how many different variants come up.

When I bought mine, I was a little disappointed it did not have the "standard" tailpiece configuration with the silver insert, but the guitar was way too nice to pass up for that reason alone. I came to find out that around 1990, for whatever reason, Jim Hutchins at the Custom Shop did a batch of L-5CES with the ebony/MOP inserts instead of the traditional silver.

It IS one of those things that does KINDA bother me...... so last fall I commissioned a silversmith to craft me a silver engraved art-deco insert. I've only seen sketches to this point, but I hope to see the silver work shortly.
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Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:04 AM

Thanks ...I appreciate the help





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Posted 03 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

It looks an awful lot like the one used on my L4CES . . .


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 12:05 PM

View PostSleeko, on 03 January 2016 - 11:17 AM, said:

It looks an awful lot like the one used on my L4CES . . .

Nice


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 12:41 PM

[biggrin] Thank you!
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