EC: This is a fantastic guitar. It's a home guitar, that's where it got played, it didn't go to the studio.
CW: Have you written with it?
EC: Yes, that's what I do, I play the guitar and write, I don't really practice, I just write...so that [guitar] would have been instrumental in a lot of compositions, [I'd] just pick it up and play it at home.
LD: This came from Gruhns..it's a fantastic, beautiful guitar, so well played....so amazing to look at, the smell of the case, everything about it's great. It's been [customised] with [imitation] rubies in the top of the machine heads for whoever Eddie was/is [the name Eddie is engraved on the trussrod cover].
The original L-5 was the brainchild of Gibson acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar. Adhering to the original 1894 ideas of Orville Gibson, Loar, in 1924, substituted violin-style f-holes for the previously used round or oval holes. This completed Gibson's original innovation of constructing guitars and mandolins using the same techniques as violin makers. Players like Eddie Peabody, Maybelle Carter and Eddie Lang performed exclusively on the L-5.