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#1 User is offline   ErikC 

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

Do you know more (sound etc) about this strange solid body guitar, the L5s, its shows nice, but I never played on it and are interested about expirience of others

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:35 AM

Hello!

It's an all-maple guitar - even the cavity cover is made of maple, instead of plastic. It is the solid body version of the L5 jazz guitar. Very heavy. It was offered with PAF-style humbuckers (T-tops, Super Humbuckers?) or with Les Paul low-impedance stacked humbucker pickups. Signature version of the guitar with only one humbucker appeared in the 80s for Rolling Stones guitarists (both Richards, Wood).

It's probably the best guitar Gibson ever made - as far as I am concerned. :)

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:19 AM

I had a HB Version but have played both HB and Lo Imp versions and compared side by side.

My HB version was extremely unbalanced (neck heavy) and the neck was COLD - no matter how long I played it - it was COLD. The Gold Plated PU's on mine were "potted" - non removable covers.

Sound wise I prefered the Lo Imp - but that's me - CLEAN sounds.

Kevin Peak (SKY) had 2 PU and 3 PU L5s.

2 PU:

https://www.youtube....h?v=olGEi5I3Q9c

3 PU:

https://www.youtube....h?v=CpmJIHND1rI

Both:

https://www.youtube....h?v=dfa9UnwBAPg

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

View PostErikC, on 25 February 2013 - 03:02 AM, said:

Do you know more (sound etc) about this strange solid body guitar, the L5s, its shows nice, but I never played on it and are interested about expirience of others


I think you'd get better results for this and your other posts in one of the other sections.

This is the Bass Forum.
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

View PostBassilisk, on 25 February 2013 - 09:20 AM, said:

I think you'd get better results for this and your other posts in one of the other sections.

This is the Bass Forum.

Maybe he just wanted to converse with a higher caliber of musicians?

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

View Poststein, on 25 February 2013 - 09:41 AM, said:

Maybe he just wanted to converse with a higher caliber of musicians?


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

View Poststein, on 25 February 2013 - 09:41 AM, said:

Maybe he just wanted to converse with a higher caliber of musicians?


Well said!!
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

View PostErikC, on 25 February 2013 - 03:02 AM, said:

Do you know more (sound etc) about this strange solid body guitar, the L5s, its shows nice, but I never played on it and are interested about expirience of others

Oh, hell ya! You betcha, love this guitar, wish Gibson would reissue it and make it available Left Handed. First saw it on the album cover to Grand Funk Railroad's "Caught In The Act" as played by Mark Farner. I know Pat Martino has also played one. They really are stunning visually and sound awesome as played by those two cats I mentioned. Yup, Gibson seriously needs to reissue this guitar.

Sorry to all, I know this space is for Bass, however any opportunity to chat about this most wonderful guitar, I'm gonna jump on it. In fact, I made mention of it on the "You can have any new Gibson you want" thread by Daveinspain over on The Gibson Lounge.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:25 AM

Perhaps we could persuade a Moderator to move this thread to a more appropriate place?

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:37 AM

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:49 PM

View Postdaveg, on 27 February 2013 - 10:25 AM, said:

Perhaps we could persuade a Moderator to move this thread to a more appropriate place?

This really was mine (sorry about the quality I had to scan from a prehistoric 6x4):

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I've come close to biting on a low impedance version a few times in the last ten years, but I have a problem with worn gold hardware. You look at the gold wrong & it looks like crap. I've had the same issue with the Les Paul Personals I've come across. I had an estimate to replate the hardware on one that was on ebay a while back & it was quite expensive......... [crying]

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:05 AM

View PostGrog, on 03 March 2013 - 03:49 PM, said:

I've come close to biting on a low impedance version a few times in the last ten years, but I have a problem with worn gold hardware. You look at the gold wrong & it looks like crap. I've had the same issue with the Les Paul Personals I've come across. I had an estimate to replate the hardware on one that was on ebay a while back & it was quite expensive......... [crying]


I had the Plating re-done on this one and it was difficult more than expensive because the PU's are potted. Same goes for the Lo Imp PUs.

Tonally, the Lo Imp version was much more in line with what I was looking for.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:59 PM

Didn't jazz great Pat Martino play an L5S? I just bought the next level up - the L6-S ;)

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:25 AM

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:46 AM

Hello!

These guitars are so nice. I wish I could put my hands on one. They are very expensive and I only know of three in my country!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:24 AM

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:50 AM

I have a 74 that I bought as a teenager in 76. I was working for the summer as a treecutter on the Canadian border in upstate NY. I spent 2 full weeks gross pay to buy it used in a local music store for $325. No one knew what the hell it was. I played it as my primary until about 10 years ago. I started using a Les Paul instead because I didn't want to have to get it refretted.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

Hello and welcome to the Forums!

I am speechless. That's a dream! [thumbup]

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