Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 - Sunburst

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Maple/Walnut Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 1 Humbucking Pickup - Sunburst
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Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 - Sunburst
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Paying Homage to One of the Most Versatile Guitarists Ever

The Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 hollowbody electric guitar pays homage to one of the most prolific guitarists ever. It's also an amazingly sweet guitar to play. The Lee Ritenour L-5 brings you the rich tone and expressive feel that made Gibson's L-5 one of his favorite guitars. Lee Ritenour is known for masterful playing in almost any genre and has played with icons from Herbie Hancock and Steely Dan to Larry Carlton and Pink Floyd. He's always preferred the sound and feel of Gibson archtops, and once you get your hands on the Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5, you'll know why.

Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Gibson's L-5 is a classic, time-proven jazz guitar
  • Very musical combination of tonewoods
  • Gibson Custom quality
Gibson's L-5 is a classic, time-proven jazz guitar

Gibson's L-5 hollowbody guitars are a favorite with jazz guitarists, although the L-5's deep and sultry tones are enchanting in many different styles. This L-5 CES has a maple back and sides with a spruce top, for wonderfully vibrant tones with exceptional definition.

Very musical combination of tonewoods

The Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 hollowbody combines beautiful maple back and sides with a carved spruce top, complete with a maple/walnut neck topped with an ebony fretboard. The spruce top complements these nicely, balancing the tonal response and enhancing note definition. It's a perfect recipe for those elusive, well-rounded jazz tones that have made the L-5 such a legendary instrument.

Gibson Custom quality

Gibson's Custom Shop took extra care with every detail of the Lee Ritenour L-5 hollowbody. Every Gibson Custom guitar like the Lee Ritenour L-5 receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which optimizes the fretboard and results in incredibly accurate intonation. And little touches such as block inlays and white binding that not only look great, they remain true to the history of the L-5 hollowbody guitar.

Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic L-5 hollowbody tribute to Lee Ritenour
  • Single BJB floating humbucker in the sweet spot provides classic, iconic jazz tone
  • High-grade spruce top and maple/back sides give you an exceptionally balanced and defined tone
  • Distinctive "fingers"-style tailpiece
  • ES-rounded neck profile is very comfortable to play
Sultry tone abounds from the Gibson Custom Lee Ritenour L-5!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape L-5
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple
Top Material Spruce
Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple/Walnut
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 20
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR1 Bridge
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup BJB Floating Humbucker
Manufacturer Part Number CSL5SLRSBGH1

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I bought this guitar almost a year ago and forgot to write my review. Spectacular piece of work by Gibson Custom, from the flawless finish right down to the detail fretwork. Sweetest sounding guitar in my collection - strum or pick, virtually every note that comes out of it has a warm jazzy resonance that you would expect from an axe played by Ritenour. Because of the construction and appointments, of course its a pricey guitar. But you come to appreciate it very quickly whether playing rhythm back up on Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" or trying to solo on a jazz standard by Pat Matheny. Doubly so when your guitar appreciates in price by 20% over the first year of ownership. The making of a great collectible.
Music background: Serious Recreational Player
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