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Gibson / L5 C Special / 1969 / Crema / Guitar For Sale

This is probably the finest Gibson L5-C you will see anywhere.

This was a special, one off made for a Mr Neil Penner who was Gibson’s top travelling rep during the 40’s 50’s and 60’s and we believe this was a retirement present for him. He knew and liaised with everyone for Gibson including the likes of Charlie Christian, Les Paul and Barney Kessel so it is no surprise that to show their appreciation Gibson rolled out the figurative red carpet when they gifted him this amazing guitar.

We do not think we have ever seen a L5, or any Gibson made with such fine and select woods as this one. Just look at the pictures and you will get some idea of what we are referring to - firstly all the woods are solid and carved, there are no laminates here. The top we think is spruce and has an antique violin type of finish. The back, sides and neck are made from the highest quality AAA flamed maple you will see. The ebony fingerboard is finely inlaid with an extra inlay on the last fret and the whole feel of the guitar is something just totally exquisite.

To top it all, the guitar is in MINT condition, the case is in MINT condition and it even has an original Victoria Luggage case protector (this is only the second time we have seen one of these).

Included is a solid mother of pearl truss rod cover in an envelope which looks like it has never been fitted, bearing the name of Neil Penner. Another envelope contains the original case key that has never been opened, the original tag with L5-C Special on it, a factory ‘seal of approval’ tag and a Citation type tailpiece that must have been fitted to this guitar at some stage.

You would never in your wildest dreams think that this guitar is 51 years old and made at a time when Norlin was starting to make its presence felt at Gibson. It is almost like a time capsule and whoever built this, really did pull out all the stops.

It has hardly been played which is a shame as it has a classic, L5 acoustic tone that can warmly cut through a complex mix with rich harmonic overtones other guitars strive for but fail to get close to. The action is spot on, it plays perfectly and it is like it can almost play itself. Come over to our lounge in Cheltenham and give it a try…

We will never see another L5 as nice as this ever. It is a real special guitar and we are sure it will go to a well deserving home. For anyone out there who is a fan of the L5 then this IS the ultimate…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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