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Gibson’s Post-1934 16-Inch L-5s

The Gibson L-5 went through a number of modifications before it was relaunched in 1935 with a larger 17-inch ‘Advanced’ body. The most notable of these included the switch from a birch…

Gibson’s 14 fret oval hole L-4s

Introduced in 1912, the Gibson L-4 had a 16-inch wide body, an oval soundhole, a neck that met the body at the 12th fret and a 20-fret fingerboard (below, left). By 1928 the…

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Plastic rot on vintage instruments

Nitro Nightmare One of the first thermoplastics, Celluloid – a material produced by combining nitrocellulose with camphor and added plasticisers – was widely used by Gibson and many other manufacturers for bindings, pickguards and other plastic parts.…

Lynn wheelwright
Gibson L-5 top thickness

“The 1941 L-5 guitar pictured below (Serial Number 97291) was purchased at the Southern California Guitar Show in 1995,” says guitar historian and collector, Lynn Wheelwright. “It was in the condition shown here…

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How to spot fake vintage guitars

How many fakes are out there? British artist John Myatt created around 200 forged paintings in what Scotland Yard described as “the biggest art fraud of the 20th Century”. He faked works…

Paul Hostetter
Paul Hostetter Obituary

A few words to remember our friend Paul Hostetter, who died of cancer, on February 13th, 2019.  Paul was an enthusiastic supporter of the project that would eventually become the Pre-War Gibson L-5 Owners’…

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Tops: thick or thin?

For a time in the 1930s, both the Gibson Super 400 and the L-5 models were available with a thick or a thin top. L-5 serial number 91774, a 16-inch model that…

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