Serial Number: 85296

Year shipped: 1929

FON: 9418

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret

Body: Maple back and sides. Has Master Model label

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including regular tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned below the worm gear. Short bound pickguard

Notes: According to this guitar’s current owner, it previously belonged to Freddie Tavares. Tavares was an American musician, designer and engineer who worked with Bing Crosby, Henry Mancini and Dean Martin and who also worked at Fender for several decades. He is credited with being instrumental in designing the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender instruments and amps.

Images courtesy of Dan Beimborn