Gibson Custom Shop L-9 Les Paul Archtop - Heritage Cherry Burst - CSL9HSNH
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Gibson Custom Shop L-9
A Les Paul Inspired Archtop with a Mind of Its Own
This listing if for the Heritage Cherry Burst model but shows the Tobacoo Model for display purposes.
At first glance, the familiarity of the Gibson Custom L9 might easily look like a simple nod to the burning legacy of its solid body cousin the Les Paul. But take a deeper look, and a deeper listen, and you’ll find a breakthrough in tone and playability never before found on a meticulously hand crafted arch top guitar. Yes, its Les Paul inspired beauty is undeniable, but a Gibson Arch Top lives within the expectations of the finest carved top guitars in the world. There’s no room for simply being clever with looks. Underneath all that gorgeous “Gibsonness” is a guitar rich in tone and playability.
Beginning with a newly designed inner top carve, the L9 takes advantage of two ’57 classic pickups with a brilliantly wide tonal palette. For starters, by designing just enough of “the right” mass around the pickups the L9 minimize feedback. Rather than stop there, Gibson’s craftspeople have also used their expertise in tuning carved tops to dial in a range of tones that span from classic jazz to thick, punchy rock. As part of the development of the L9, Gibson found that its Bumble capacitor set, CTA pots and hand-wired harness made the perfect complement to its size and acoustic personality, so the familiar Gibson vintage tone jumps forward when called upon, while still yielding the necessary delicateness when asked to deliver a more subdued range from muted to cutting jazz and classic rock tones.
To keep the L9 light, a Gibson Custom Lightweight Aluminum tailpiece headlines a purely vintage set of Gibson appointments, all coming together for a presentation that sets it apart. So, while you might love to look at the L9, you won’t want to miss the chance to take a listen. Its beauty is just the beginning.
Top – 2 Piece Figured Maple
Body – Mahogany
Neck – 1 Piece Mahogany
Fingerboard – Solid Indian Rosewood
Inlay – Cellulose Trapezoid
Nut – Nylon
Finish – Cherry Sunburst
Tuners – Kluson Deluxe
Bridge – ABR with Thumbwhels
Tailpiece – Lightweight Aluminum
Neck Pickup – ’57 Classics
Bridge Pickup – ’57 Classics
Headstock – L9 Headstock Profile
Hardware – Nickel
Plastics/Binding – Cream
Knobs – Gold Top Hats
Collateral – Certificate of Authenticity in Leather Binder