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, mellifluous tone.
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.
|Serial Number||Mai 2018|
|Sound Hole||F Holes|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Scale Length||24 3/4"|
|Nut Width||1 11/16"|
|Body Depth||3 1/4"|
|Back and Sides||Maple|
I'd like to thank Michael for his expert help on my purchase. His descriptions were spot on. I really like this guitar and I'm very impressed with the workmanship done by Maurice Dupont and Co. They really nailed this 16 inch L-5 tribute archtop. Fit, finish, neck all excellent. The guitar compares very favorably with any vintage Gibson L-5 that I have played over the last 30-35 years and at a fraction of the price. Affordable for the working musician seeking the vintage Gibson archtop sound. I'm very pleased with this purchase and have no hesitation in recommending it to other players searching for that vintage sound and vibe. Also, the guitar was shipped out of Seattle at about 7pm on a Monday evening and it arrived at my home in NYC on Wednesday at 11:30 AM! Very impressive.
Submitted by: John Gill on 10/17/2018 01:31:33 PM