Serial number: 85758

Year shipped: 1930


Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

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

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over 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. Long bound pickguard

Notes: Gibson L-5 serial number 85758 was returned to the factory for repairs circa late 1935 or early 1936, and subsequently returned to the owner William Morehead of Detroit, Michigan on March 24th 1936. On August 24th 1936 Mr Morehead traded in his L-5 at Grinnell Brothers in Detroit for a Gibson Super 400.

Images courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions and photographer Paul Schraub