Connoisseurs have long known that the best sounding Gibson archtop
guitars are the 1920s L5 models that were designed by the legendary
acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar. These were the very first jazz guitars
which, largely due to the innovations introduced by Lloyd Loar,
posses tonal subtleties and acoustic projection that later models never
matched. Unfortunately, the original vintage L5s from this era are
prohibitively expensive for most players. But now, Maurice Dupont has
taken it upon himself to recreate the magic of this historic jazz
Maurice's attention to detail is admirable, with nearly
every sonic and aesthetic detail replicated with great care. The period
headstock shape, flowerpot inlay, pointed fingerboard, celluloid binding,
vintage style pickguard, and sunburst finish all conjure the beauty of
the original L5. The solid flamed maple back and sides and aged spruce
top are both visually and sonically stunning!
Like the original
L5, this guitar has no cutaway or pickups which tend to rob the guitar
of much of it's acoustic sound. The comfortable 16" body and 24 3/4"
scale make it exceptionally easy to play. Even with low 2.2mm action,
this instrument retains it's roaring acoustic projection and complex,
Purely acoustic archtops of any kind are not
easy to find, but instruments based on Loar's legendary design are a precious
rarity. Collings AT-16 archtop model and Jackson Cunningham's L5 copies
are nearly the only regularly produced models, both priced at two or
three times what this Dupont Loar model costs. So it goes without
saying, this instrument is a fantastic bargain for players looking for
that classic Lloyd Loar L5 magic without breaking the bank!
This is the CASH price...add 3% (4% for International orders) if you'd like to pay with a credit card.