There are a few Gibson L-5s, in my collection, mostly beautiful sunburst or tobacco sunburst finished. However, the plain figure maple version is one of the most stunning Gibson solid bodied guitars. In previous post I mentioned the L-5s is basically a solid body version of the Gibson L5 semiacoustic Guitar. Fairly flat pancake body, slightly arched maple top and bottom with ebony fingerboard. Apart from the double sided binding and the Ebony fretboard with real abalone, it’s not dissimilar to the Gibson L6-s. The cavity backplate is made out of the same wood. Originally designed as a jazz/fusion guitar and kitted out with low impedance pick ups, laterally it came with standard humbuckers. This guitar has had some modifications done, although all the original elements are kept. Like the other L-5s, this one packs a big punch. Guitar lives in its Case.
In my search for rare Gibson guitar models I found this oddly shaped guitar, the Gibson Moderne made in USA in 1982. This model was supposedly part of the new designs in the 1957-9 period comprising the Moderne, Flying V, and Explorer. Todate no moderne 1957 has been found and the closest are the 1982/3 reissues. Here is a superb example of a 1982 model in Korina with Cream White finish. This guitar looks the bizz, and sounds it too with its 2 brilliant Tim Shaw power plants, wired in a Vol1/2 and Tone plus pup selector switch. The guitar can do either grungy and clean etc, the neck is quite slim with rosewood fretboard. The headstock has a club shape with a plethora of string tees to guide the strings to the machine heads. Guitar lives in its original case.
Gibson Firebird Woodstain 1977, new to the collection. This is one of a limited run from 1977 and produced in fewer than 200 units. Kitted out with two powerful Mini Humbuckers, it is a match for the Les Paul Deluxes and Customs twin Hum-bucker Gibson Les Paul models. This one like most Firebird models were issued with 2 humbuckers, however this one is the Mini Humbucker version. The condition is great, quite remarkable for a 40 plus year old guitar. Not quite mint but not vastly different. The original case is in good nick too.
Here a 1999 Gibson Futura, in Natural Korina Wood in a limited edition. The guitar looks like a standard Explorer with a split V-shaped headstock. Despite the angular look, it balances well and plays well too. The Gibson Futura model was part of the “NewLook models designed in the late 1950s, and included the Explorer/Futura, the Moderne and the now well known Flying V. Each of these models has become iconic, for its use and shaping rock history or its absence like the Moderne, which appears to have disappeared completely and attained mythical status. Explorers, Flying Vs and the rare reissued Modernes have become quite collectible guitars. This example lives in its rectangular hard-case.