Gibson 1990 L-5 CES Vintage Burst Archtop #91970359 - Used  From Gibson Guitars

Iconic and brilliant in every sense. . .a truly legendary guitar!


Our product photos are the actual, specific serial number for sale!

This specific item was photographed by us here in Durham, North Carolina. We are a very small team dedicated to providing you the most accurate photos possible, through our obsessive focus - individually photographing nearly everything that comes through the door. Questions about what you see? Want more information, photos, or just a friendly conversation with someone that cares and who has actually had their hands on this exact item? Contact us now!

Buy Pre-owned from Sound Pure with Absolute Confidence

Sound Pure's dedication to pre-owned products is unprecedented in the industry. We are a small team of dedicated experts that buys, trades, and consigns. We are trusted by customers all over the world. Our curated collection, is thoroughly tested and inspected by some of the best in the business. Our inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website. Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history? Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece? Contact us now.
Our Current Used/Vintage Collection »

Sound Pure's Consignment Program »

Luthier Certification for Used Instruments »

Gibson Guitars

"Gone, Baby, Gone"

This one is sold. Don't miss the next one. Some things never even make it to the site so stay up to date on our used collection.

We get in many oddities, rare and vintage products, most of which go fast. If you're on the hunt for something specific, something unique, or something priced right, let us notify you on our used collection before the items even hit the site.

Want to know if one lands?

Notify Me

Want to discuss what's coming?

What We Think

Don't let the weight and somewhat subdued acoustic voice fool you--this guitar is as nimble as a juggling tightrope walker when it comes to conjuring -that sound- from classic Country, Jazz, and R&B records of the 50s-60s.  You're going to want to set aside some time before you plug this into your favorite tube amp--you're not going anywhere for a while!  Something this big just shouldn't be this easy playing and downright sensitive!  There are currently fairly light strings on the instrument and, paired with a low, comfy setup and those hot, voice-like pickups, you can go from Merle Travis' barnyard struttin' to Wes Montgomery's cool 'n' smokey club musings in a flick of the pickup selector.  


Condition: Used, Very good

Minor blemishes and buckle rash nothing you wouldn't expect from a 25+ year old guitar.

Gibson 1990 L5 CES Vintage Burst Archtop #91970359 Quick 'n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure electric guitar specialist Eddie Berman plays the Gibson 1990 L5 CES Vintage Burst Archtop #91970359 through a Carr Amplifiers Sportsman 19W 1x12 Combo Amp.

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

Initially produced as an acoustic in 1922 under the direction of famed Gibson luthier Lloyd Loar, the L-5 was Gibson’s first guitar with f-holes. In the 1940s the model became the rhythm box of choice for big band players and later the standard guitar for Wes Montgomery, who would eventually receive a custom model. And it was already one of the world’s most popular guitars when Gibson first electrified the model in 1951.

Gibson put a pair of P-90 single-coil pickups and a rosewood bridge on the first 31 L-5 CES models to emerge from the original Kalamazoo plant in ’51. Although the guitars never went into high production, the company’s engineers continued to work on numerous modifications. In 1958, 21 examples of the classic version of the L-5 CES that’s produced today by Gibson’s Custom Shop emerged, beefed up with two humbucking pickups and an ABR-1 bridge.

Gibson Guitars

About Manufacturer

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.


Year: 1990

Serial Number: 91970359

Top: Spruce

Back and Sides: Maple

Neck: Maple

Neck Profile: ES Rounded

Fingerboard: Ebony

Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Scale Length: 25 1/2"

Binding: Multi-Ply White

F-hole Binding: Single-Ply white

Pickups: '57 Classic Humbuckers, Gold

Tuners: Schaller

Bridge: ABR-1

Tailpiece: L-5 Trapeze

17-inches wide

21-inches long

3 3/8-inches deep

Hardshell Case

Recommended Accessories