The Gibson L5S is a solid-body electric guitar model produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
Introduced in 1972, the Gibson L5S was essentially a solid-body version of the popular Gibson L-5 hollowbody. Like the L-5, it featured multiple binding on the single-cutaway body, neck, and headstock, and also featured an ebony fingerboard with block inlays. The headstock featured a flower-pot inlay similar to the L-5 archtop and most L5S models featured the L-5 trapeze tailpiece (though some had stop-bar or TP-6 fine-tuning tailpieces). However, the L5S had a thin solid body, whereas the L-5 archtop was larger in size and fully hollow. The L5S was available in various finishes, such as ebony, cherry sunburst, and natural.
Upon its introduction in 1972, the L5S featured two low-impedance pickups, similar to those found on several Gibson Les Paul models of that period, such as the Recording model, the Signature model, the Personal model, and the Professional model. This incarnation of the model was not a success, however, thus Gibson switched from low-impedance pickups to regular humbucker pickups. Though it was considered one of Gibson's more top-of-the-line models, it was still not particularly popular among guitarists. In the mid-1980s, the L5S was dropped from the Gibson line.
Notable L5S players
- Billy Butler
- Pat Martino
- Kevin Peek of Sky
- Chris Karrer of German band Amon Düül II,
- Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad in 1975
- Frank Marino
- Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT
- Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra the L5S is featured in the video for ELO's 1977 single Wild West Hero
- Neal Schon and George Tickner of Journey around 1974 to about 1979
- John Lees of Barclay James Harvest
- Paul Simon Ebony L5S is featured in the movie "One Trick Pony" - 1981
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