Serial Number: 85296
Year shipped: 1929
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