Year shipped: 1927
Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret with double dots at the 12th and 17th frets.
Body: Maple back and sides
Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved baseplate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned below the worm gear. Short bound pickguard and ebony bridge
Notes: Gibson records indicate that L-5 serial number 81808 was returned to the factory in 1940 at which point it was refinished. This guitar is from the personal collection of vintage instrument authority, George Gruhn, pictured below.