Serial Number: 87060

Year shipped: 1931


Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo. The back of the headstock is stamped ‘Made in the U.S.A.’, indicating that the guitar was originally sold for export outside of the United States 

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

Body: Maple back and sides. Has solid carved top braces

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece (the cross bar is stamped “Patented July 19, 1910”) and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved baseplate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned below the worm gear. Has its original short pickguard (stamped Pat.MAR.30.09’) and ebony bridge (stamped “PAT’D JAN 18-21”)

Notes: There are two repaired top cracks; one beneath the bass side of the tailpiece and the other at the waist on the bass side. There is some light over-spray, the fingerboard has been re-fretted and the upper section of the bridge has been replaced. Has original hard shell case

Until recently this L-5 was the property of Western Swing stylist Whit Smith, who used it for both recording and live work

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