Gibson Custom L5-S w/L5 trapeze tailpiece 1970's Reviews
I happened to be in Cambridge, MA waiting for someone and popped into a music store circa 1980. They had a Custom L-5S hanging up and I fell in love with it! List was $750, I traded in my Les Paul Goldtop plus $400. What a steal!
If you can find one of these beauties, buy it! Gibson only produced them for a few years in the 70's. They also switched out the trapeze tail for a stop tail, so finding one with the trap may be worth more. I have no idea how much they go for these days, but given the limited production, craftsmanship, beauty of design, superb play and sound it will only go up in value. Gibson has recently reissued the L5, but it has only 1 pickup (!) and no trapeze. I'm not sure why they ever stopped making the L-5S. I think the L-5S has been a very very overlooked Gibson model. I'm surprised they didn't sell bucketloads of them in the 70s.edg rated this unit on 2005-01-26.
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