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Thread: L5S

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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Patrick View Post
    Dave's has one, they are asking $1250.
    That is an L6s, which is nothing at all like an a L5s, other than it maple and has 2 humbuckers.

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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly69 View Post
    That is an L6s, which is nothing at all like an a L5s, other than it maple and has 2 humbuckers.

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  3. #43

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    Need help identifying the pickups. The pots were replaced, date code is 1987. No idea what these are.


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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by nawainwright View Post
    Need help identifying the pickups. The pots were replaced, date code is 1987. No idea what these are.

    Gibson humbuckers, commonly called "tarbacks".
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  5. #45

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    Found my answer. Gibson Tarbacks.

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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by TW59 View Post
    Gibson humbuckers, commonly called "tarbacks".
    Quote Originally Posted by nawainwright View Post
    Found my answer. Gibson Tarbacks.
    Ya think?
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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Patrick View Post
    Dave's has one, they are asking $1250.
    That's an L6S. Different animal. In my experience it shares the same cold, stiff, and lifeless characteristics of the L5S, but it's lighter.
    Compared to most of you I suck at guitar, but I'm working real hard and sucking less every day. There, I said it.

  8. #48

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJLII View Post
    That's an L6S. Different animal. In my experience it shares the same cold, stiff, and lifeless characteristics of the L5S, but it's lighter.
    That was already identified as an L6s in post 41, and my L5s guitars are quite resonant, play great, and are giving me killer clean and dirty recorded tones...

    clean https://soundcloud.com/daniel-weldon-1/a-call-away
    dirty https://soundcloud.com/daniel-weldon...l5s-blues-lick

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    Re: L5S

    I would disagree with any characterization of these as stiff, lifeless or cold.
    Last edited by Big Al; 07-16-15 at 03:32 AM.
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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly69 View Post
    That was already identified as an L6s in post 41, and my L5s guitars are quite resonant, play great, and are giving me killer clean and dirty recorded tones...

    clean https://soundcloud.com/daniel-weldon-1/a-call-away
    dirty https://soundcloud.com/daniel-weldon...l5s-blues-lick
    Yup. Missed that. My bad.

    All that said, all the L6S I've played (3 or 4) have been stiff, lifeless, and cold. The one L5S I played was the same way, and weighed a ton. It was a real looker and I wanted to like it in the worst way, but it wasn't happening. It's great yours are working out for you. Perhaps you got a couple good ones, or I just happened to play a really heavy dog.
    Compared to most of you I suck at guitar, but I'm working real hard and sucking less every day. There, I said it.

  11. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJLII View Post
    Yup. Missed that. My bad.

    All that said, all the L6S I've played (3 or 4) have been stiff, lifeless, and cold. The one L5S I played was the same way, and weighed a ton. It was a real looker and I wanted to like it in the worst way, but it wasn't happening. It's great yours are working out for you. Perhaps you got a couple good ones, or I just happened to play a really heavy dog.
    Well both of my guitars weigh in the real low nine pound range, and maybe that's a good part of why they sound good. And they are both set up perfectly which is why they play great! I spent alot of time tweaking them till they were exactly the way I wanted them!!! My only complaint is how close the knobs are to each other. I have played some boat anchor L5s's that didn't do it for me, and I've never played an L6s that I liked.

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    Re: L5S

    Quicksilver Messenger Service Winterland 12/28/75 TWO L5S. Solo at 1:23

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNE0CKK71TI

  13. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiogroove View Post
    Quicksilver Messenger Service Winterland 12/28/75 TWO L5S. Solo at 1:23

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNE0CKK71TI
    That was great, love the clean rhythm tones they are getting out of the L5s here! And I like the lead tones here (especially next to the wimpy Danelectro @ around 6:20) https://youtu.be/FvRC6zwMtUY
    Last edited by rockabilly69; 12-03-15 at 01:36 PM.

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    Re: L5S

    Bringing back an old thread............. I traded my first 1973 L-5S for one in better condition, the gold plating on this one is the best I had come accross. My first one had a nicer pattern in the maple.........


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    Re: L5S

    Saw Ray Sharpe play his cherryburst L5S (w/HBs) numerous times to good effect in years gone by. Very piercing tone!

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    Re: L5S

    The black one that Keith and Ron Wood play sounds good to me, maybe the solid color ones are a different wood, like mahogany or such.
    Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiwoof View Post
    The black one that Keith and Ron Wood play sounds good to me, maybe the solid color ones are a different wood, like mahogany or such.
    Al
    Listen to how fat the maple bodied L5s sounds here... https://youtu.be/EyhK-T0NS10

  18. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    Bringing back an old thread............. I traded my first 1973 L-5S for one in better condition, the gold plating on this one is the best I had come across. My first one had a nicer pattern in the maple.........

    That does look like it's great condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiwoof View Post
    The black one that Keith and Ron Wood play sounds good to me, maybe the solid color ones are a different wood, like mahogany or such.
    Al
    And lead singer has got a solid color one here...

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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    Bringing back an old thread............. I traded my first 1973 L-5S for one in better condition, the gold plating on this one is the best I had come accross. My first one had a nicer pattern in the maple.........



    Beautiful!! I used to have a '73 just like it, works of art.

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    Re: L5S

    This one was sold as a 1975, serial #138XXX. My book list it as anywhere from 1970 to 1975. The pots codes are from the middle of 1973 & my undertanding is that by 1974 the L-5S was equipt with standard humbuckers............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    This one was sold as a 1975, serial #138XXX. My book list it as anywhere from 1970 to 1975. The pots codes are from the middle of 1973 & my undertanding is that by 1974 the L-5S was equipt with standard humbuckers............
    looks like 74 to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    This one was sold as a 1975, serial #138XXX. My book list it as anywhere from 1970 to 1975. The pots codes are from the middle of 1973 & my undertanding is that by 1974 the L-5S was equipt with standard humbuckers............
    Yep here's my early '75...





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    Re: L5S

    Here's my 1979:

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    Re: L5S

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly69 View Post
    looks like 74 to me!
    What stands out that makes it look like a 1974?

    Two sweet L5S's!

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    Re: L5S

    The old & the new side by side.



    The first one was refretted, touched up where a hanger removed the finish. The gold was badly wore. The second doesn't have as nice a maple top, but otherwise in new condition for a 45 year old guitar. A little blistering of the gold plating around the Gibson logo on the neck pickup and one knick on the side. Not many with nice plating have survived!
    Last edited by Grog; 01-11-19 at 09:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    What stands out that makes it look like a 1974?

    Two sweet L5S's!
    Because the 1975 catalog shows the L5s with full size humbuckers...

    http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/...body_index.php

    Mike's '79 is similar to my '78 although his is a antique sunburst while mine is a fireburst.

    Here's my 1978...


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    Re: L5S

    Nice!!

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