John Mayer’s 1977 Gibson L-5

This guitar was most famously used on Where The Light Is DVD, mostly just on the footage recorded of John playing outside on Mulholland Drive.

From then on, the L-5 was seen occasionally on John’s social media profiles but was rarely used during concerts. One instance where the guitar was seen live was at the David Letterman show in 2008, where John played a cover of Frank Sinatra’s In The Wee Small Hours, and more recently, in 2019 at the MSG in New York, when John used it for Moving On and Getting Over.

John’s L-5 is a 1977 model [John Mayer – Jones Beach Back Stage Tour], and it features a rounded cutaway – a design change from the pointed cutaway that was introduced in the late 60s. It is a hollow body guitar with a solid spruce top with maple back and sides, five-piece maple neck, and two humbucking pickups.

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1 year ago

He currently uses this on his 2019 world tour, for Moving On and Getting Over


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