The good people at Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles recently featured a true jazz classic in their ‘Guitar of the Day’ video series. As store manager Mark Agnesi puts it, "It's not jazz guitar, it's the jazz guitar." The guitar he was talking about? A 1962 Gibson L5-CES.

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The model showcased in the video features an original Sunburst finish with a Florentine cutaway (as opposed to the Venetian cutaway), a solid carved spruce stop, an ebony fingerboard and PAF and Patent Number pickups. In the video, Agnesi discusses the history of the L5, from its origins in the 1920s, designed by master luthier Lloyd Loar, through to its evolution into the L5-CES (Cutaway Electric Spanish) models in the the early Fifties. This particular guitar that Agnesi plays is - as he puts it - “worn in all the right spots.”

In the clip, Agnesi tells us “I don’t play jazz music”, but he could’ve fooled us. He puts the guitar through its paces, running through some tricky tunes – Wes Montgomery’s ‘Bumpin’ on Sunset’, Brent Mason’s ‘First Rule of Thumb’ and jazz standard ‘Take Five’.

Watch the full video here and check out all the specs on the modern L5-CES from the Gibson Custom Shop here.