Gibson first introduced the L-5 model in 1922. The P in L-5P stands for premiere by reference to a cutaway, a designation that was used between 1939 and 1947. An electric version of this model, L-5CES was first introduced in 1951 with P-90 pickups, which later superseded by Alnico V pickups in 1954. Given that this guitar was built in 1948, some three years before the first L-5CES, and six years before the introduction of alnico pickups, it is doubtful that this guitar was a prototype L-5CES as suggested by the attached label. This guitar was likely to have been built as an acoustic L-5P in 1948 and was later converted to the electric CES specifications. According to the original auction catalogue description, Clapton comments that both his Gibson L-5s ...had plenty of use. This would have been used on the blues album.more
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