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    It would appear the search is over (for the time being anyway - at least until GAS strikes again! )

    Today I took delivery of a 2002 Gibson L-5 CES (signed by Jim Hutchins) in near-mint condition, the dealer offers a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee so now the "honey moon" trial phase starts. If first impressions are anything to go by she's a keeper, but I will have my local luthier give her the once over to be on the safe side and protect against any unwelcome hidden surprises.

    As some of you may recall I posted previously about being in the market for a Gibson L-5 CES or WesMo. I've looked at a few over the last several months and felt privileged to be able to tap into the vast knowledge and experience of board members who willingly shared suggestions for things to look out for on a couple of guitars I looked at last month - thanks for your help.

    I promised to keep you posted so here are several pictures (from the dealer's website, my crappy phone pics wouldn't do her justice :-) ):
    2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_2-jpg2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_9_front-body-jpg2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_10_back-body-jpg2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_3-jpg2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_5_closeup-bridge-n-pickup-jpg2002 Gibson L-5 CES just received today-2002-gibson-l5-ces-sunburst-jim-hutchins-signed_1_in-case-jpg

    Saying I'm a happy camper at this point would be an understatement :-)

    Last edited by v281; 06-16-2019 at 08:31 AM.


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    THAT is perfection right there.
    Wow. Lotsa luck and enjoy that beautiful guitar.

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    What a beaut!
    On the Turntable: Wes Montgomery - Back on Indiana Avenue, Paul Motion Trio - It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago
    Fender AVRI '59 w/ TI Swing 11s and Tyson Tone pickups
    Through: Polytone Mini Brute II

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    May that beauty of a guitar inspire your playing for many years to come!
    "When the chord changes, you should change" Joe Pass

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    Happy L5 NGD!!!

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    Nice, I like the slightly irregular curl to the maple on the back.
    To be honest quarter sawn fiddle back maple can look kinda boring to me.

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    I agree with Joe...perfection!

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    Joe put it perfectly. That's a dream guitar. Congratulations, and play it in good Health!
    Best regards, k

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    Thanks guys! Still 'walking on clouds' 24hrs later

    Living dangerously here, allowing myself to get attached before my tech has had a chance to check her out.

    In hindsight it might have been smarter to have her shipped directly to him for inspection and get his seal of approval before laying my hands on her.
    Keeping fingers crossed he doesn't find any problems....
    ...would be heartbreaking having to send her back

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    WOW,WOW,WOW. It looks like you did real well. Enjoy.

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    Pure guitar porn. I'm in lust...

    Hope you enjoy that for many years to come.

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    It look in mint condition for a 2002 model , extraordinary.
    Must admit I very much regret selling my L5CES Blonde
    late last year,( for very good reasons ) a Crimson Custom
    shop model , I think it unlikely that it could be replaced
    Good luck with your NGD as JD voiced its a stunner !

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    I need my head checked; I am getting a woody...

    Looks like a great specimen from that era. I like how the nitro has settled into the grain of the spruce top.

    (I have an L5 Wes Montgomery ASB Heart Inlay from 2002. Bought it from Gryphon Stringed.)
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    A beauty! It looks newer than my ‘06.