Year shipped: 1928
Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo. Note that the flowerpot inlay has no epsilon engraving. The name ‘Silvio Lavagno’ appears on the truss rod cover
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret. Original mother of pearl nut
Body: Maple back and sides. This guitar still carries the special “Master Model” label under the bass side F-hole. Solid top braces.
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: Master Model label. Has original green lined hardshell case. Two repaired top cracks. The frets are modern replacements to the original specification. The top section of the ebony bridge has been cut down. There are four grain splits to the top. The longest of these runs from the treble side f-hole down to the tailpiece crossbar. Another extends from the f-hole past the waist towards the front rim. The bass side f-hole has a near identical split running forward past the upper waist. Lastly, a short split runs forward from the upper section of the f-hole. All of these have been sealed. There is a small area of ‘touchup’ to the top just below the fingerboard.
Images courtesy of Robert Caroon and Dexter Johnson Carmel Music Co.