Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar
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Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt Crimson Division L4ces L4c L4-C Archtop Guitar

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Gibson L4 CES Custom Shop Masterbuilt by Gibson's top luthiers in their Custom Shop Crimson Division 2014.

If you want the very best L4 CES available on the planet, you are looking at it. The Gibson L-4 archtop became jazz’s greatest rhythm instrument in the hands of six-string innovators like the virtuoso Eddie Lang in the 1920s and assured the company’s dominance of the guitar market even before the outbreak of World War I. But the L-4’s story - how it evolved from an acoustic guitar to the dynamic L-4 CES Mahogany Archtop of today - is perhaps the best illustration of Gibson’s historic dedication to endlessly refining and improving instruments that are already world class.
 
The L-4 was developed as a louder, bolder update of Gibson’s popular L-1 and L-3 designs, advertised as a “grand concert size” model with 20 frets, one more than its predecessors. The L-4’s top changed radically in 1935 when, under the direction of the company’s famed designer Lloyd Loar, the round sound hole was replaced by a pair of f-holes to enhance tone and projection. During the ‘40s, many elements were added including crown pegheads and parallelogram inlays on its fingerboard, but the biggest innovation in the guitar’s design came in 1949 with electrification.
 
To meet the demands of the dawn of popular music’s electric age, Gibson first created the laminated top ES-175 in 1948 based on the construction of the acoustic carved top L-4. But players still wanted a genuine electric full-bodied L-4 with a carved top. The first wave of these guitars were built in small batches throughout the 1950s, but were perfected late in the decade. Along the way the guitar’s body traded its rounded edges for a single cutaway horn to allow easier access to the high notes – a sign of the L-4’s evolution from rhythm to lead-and-rhythm instrument. Finally, in 1958, the design reached a pinnacle with a run of 20 guitars bearing the Gibson L-4 CES name. Some had Charlie Christian pickups, others Alnicos, and a few sported humbuckers. Over time the humbuckers proved the most versatile and practical, and thus today’s graceful mahogany L-4 CES model reached maturity.

This rare Custom Shop Gibson guitar is part of the world famous instrument collection at Essex Recording Studios! Check out our official website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitch and YouTube! @essexrecordingstudios

International buyers are welcome! We ship to any country in the world! This guitar will be packed and shipped with love, care and respect! The guitar is fantastic - just watch the video for full condition! You are welcome to collect the guitar in person if you are local to our studio in Southend, England at postcode SS1 1AB directly opposite Southend Central train station.

YOUR PURCHASE HELPS MUSICIANS and supports our studio! Buying from us directly helps support unsigned musicians and bands that struggle to produce professional music without the help that is no longer provided to up-and-coming rock bands by major record labels these days. Thank you for your support!