Serial Number: 87216

Year shipped: 1931

FON: 9958 (9952 see ‘Notes’ below)

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20-fret fingerboard with pointed end and dot 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. Short bound  pickguard

Notes: Comes with a book of arrangements by the guitar’s original owner Tony Oliver of the Vincent Lopez Orchestra, with a picture of him playing this guitar on the cover

Joe Spann tells us: “The FON indicates production in February of the year 1931, while the serial number indicates original shipping in March of the same year. I believe however that the FON is actually 9952.”

The FON 9952 is quoted in the Mandolin Archive (

Images courtesy of Schoenberg Guitars