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Thread: L5 CES vs. CT

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    L5 CES vs. CT

    So, what's the difference between these two L5 models?

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    An inch of body depth (CT=cutaway thinline)....

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    Thanks, quick look through the Gibson stats I didn't catch that.

    Love the acronyms. So, CES is cutaway electronics ... or ... hmmm ?

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    Cutaway Electric Spanish.

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    Of course! Lol

    "Spanish" ... meaning ... ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Neil View Post
    Of course! Lol

    "Spanish" ... meaning ... ?

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    Meaning not Hawaiian.

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    Once what we know as the guitar was known as the "Spanish guitar". The lap steel was the Hawaiian guitar, either electric or acoustic. Back in the dim mists of time before the Les Paul.

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    Thanks. This has been a fascinating data acquisition thread. History is always interesting to me.

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    The CES may be better acoustically, the CT is less prone for feedback and is in my opinion way more comfortable to play. Love my CT.

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    My Lyle is an interesting mashup of an L5 body size but laminated and with the 24.75" scale of the ES175.

    I can easily see where the thinner body would be easier on the shoulder. Would be fun to try of course!

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    The thinner CT model can indeed be more comfortable for some players but you will definitely experience a difference in sound :
    the deep version has a more balanced tone, i.e. the bass is round, deep and woolly , the mids are present and you control the highs with your tone knob. The CT model has a noticeably reduced bass response which can be of advantage on a loud and/or crowded stage. These are also very scarce and usually cost more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    Once what we know as the guitar was known as the "Spanish guitar". The lap steel was the Hawaiian guitar, either electric or acoustic. Back in the dim mists of time before the Les Paul.
    That makes sense! I didn't know that. Now, when I think "Hawaiian" I just think pizza

    EDIT: I played a blonde ES-175 THINLINE (I don't remember the designation -- CT?) in the 70s, in a music store. It was a sweet guitar if you want those specs. Probably rare today.



    EDIT EDIT: ES-175T. ES-175T vs ES-175?

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    Here’s how a CT sounds with a little bit of drive from the Tubes.


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