Serial number: 85754

Year shipped: 1930

FON: 9418

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and wide block inlays from the third fret

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and individual open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. Short bound pickguard

Notes: The guitar appears to have been completely refinished

“This was my father’s Gibson L-5,” says current owner Al Gareffa. He bought this guitar when he was 18 years of age and had John D’Angelico fit the guitar left handed. When he passed away in 1988 he left the L-5 to me. I had the guitar restored and made suitable for right handed playing by Mark Green who was recommend by Mandolin Brother’s of New York.  It has a few old top and back cracks that were repaired many years ago.”

Images courtesy of: Al Gareffa