Serial Number: 84540

Year shipped: 1929

FON: 9291

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo, pearl truss rod cover engraved with the name ‘Ray Baker’

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

Notes: This is one of George Gruhn’s personal guitars. There is an error in Spann’s Guide To Gibson where this FON is said to refer to a 1929 L-0.  He has now seen two L-5 guitars with this FON, which dates the work order batch at about March 1929.

Images courtesy of George Gruhn