Serial Number: 87570

Year shipped: 1931


Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: See Notes below

Body: Maple back and sides. Has solid top bracing

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including a wrap-over tailpiece (stamped ‘Patented July 19, 1910’) 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. Ebony bridge (stamped ‘PAT’D JAN 18-21’)

Notes:  The bridge top, pickguard and associated mounting hardware are modern reproductions (the original pickguard, which is showing signs of celluloid decay; is stored in the case). The ebony fingerboard is a recent replacement. At some point in the past, deeper fingerboard binding was added with the result that a small amount of the neck material was removed below the level of the fingerboard. When the new fingerboard was fitted, these areas were filled with small strips of matching curly maple and touched up to match the surrounding neck. There is one repaired crack on the bass side lower bout, the neck has been reset, and there is a small hole for a strap button on the treble side of the heel. Has original black hardshell case

Given the early shipping date, we have classified this guitar as a Type Two L-5

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