Serial Number: 87380

Year shipped: 1931


Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo. Pearl truss rod cover

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and dots from the third fret

Body: Maple back and sides with Black finish

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved baseplate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned below the worm gear

Notes: Though it’s hard to say whether the Black finish is original, there are other L-5s from this period with a Black finish, notably an example played by Nick Lucas

The pickguard and a section of the fingerboard binding are missing. Has white oval ‘Guaranteed’ label and original hardshell case

Images courtesy of Michael Thompson