This Gibson Custom L-4 CES Arch Top Hollow Body in Vintage Sunburst weighs 7 lbs 4 oz. The L-4, along with just about every other Arch Top from Gibson, is not on the latest price list from Gibson which means this is the last L-4 we will see until they decide to start building them again. This is an absolutely stunning guitar made from the finest tonewoods Gibson can get their hands on.
The Gibson L-4 CES Arch Top Hollow Body comes equipped with a solid, carved Spruce Top. This revered tonewood is used on everything from the Double Bass to Mandolins. It is easily one of the top 5 most "tuneful" woods Mother Nature has graced us with and the piece selected for this fine instrument is superb. With tight and fine grain along with an expertly sprayed nitrocellulose Vintage Sunburst finish, this guitar sounds as good as it looks.
Solid Mahogany is the tonewood selected for the back and sides. This focused, harmonically aligned tonewood pairs incredibly well with Spruce. Think Martin D-18 or Gibson J-45. The wood selected for the back and sides of this guitar is also top-notch. This guitar is lively, resonant, and sustain-filled. It produces a considerable amount of acoustic volume so an amp won't always be necessary, especially on the couch.
The neck is made from one piece of Mahogany and carved into the classic ES Rounded Profile. The nut width measures in at 1 and 11/16" for a familiar feel with the strings always in the right place. 24.75" scale length provides that classic slinky Gibson left-hand feel. The fingerboard is made from Ebony and is inlaid with the Split Parallelogram Inlays. It's then bound with single-ply white binding for the ultimate in classic Gibson visual appointments.
The pickups are a pair of 57 Classic Humbuckers. These are the silkiest, warmest, richest, pickups in Gibson's arsenal. Perfect for any Jazz-Box, these humbuckers just need some flat wound string to absolutely NAIL that sound. Don't sell this beauty short though, country fingerpicking, Rock-a-billy, blues, rootsy-American, practically everything you play on this thing sounds great. Each pickup has its own volume and tone controls. A 3-way pickup toggle grants access to each pickup in tandem or on its own.
The Gibson L-4 archtop became jazz’s greatest rhythm instrument in the hands of six-string innovators like the virtuoso Eddie Lang in the 1920s and assured the company’s dominance of the guitar market even before the outbreak of World War I. But the L-4’s story - how it evolved from an acoustic guitar to the dynamic L-4 CES Mahogany Archtop of today - is perhaps the best illustration of Gibson’s historic dedication to endlessly refining and improving instruments that are already world-class.
The L-4 was developed as a louder, bolder update of Gibson’s popular L-1 and L-3 designs, advertised as a “grand concert size” model with 20 frets, one more than its predecessors. The L-4’s top changed radically in 1935 when, under the direction of the company’s famed designer Lloyd Loar, the round soundhole was replaced by a pair of f-holes to enhance tone and projection. During the ‘40s, many elements were added including crown pegheads and parallelogram inlays on its fingerboard, but the biggest innovation in the guitar’s design came in 1949 with electrification.
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