Year shipped: 1931
Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo
Neck/fingerboard: 20-fret fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the third fret. There is a pearl block at the 15th fret, which is probably a later addition and it’s possible that the entire fingerboard may be a replacement
Body: Maple back and sides, solid top braces
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
Notes: This guitar has been refinished and the pickguard has been replaced. Has original hardshell case.
Though we have listed this guitar in our Type Two Gallery, it could just as easily have started life as a Type Three L-5 (see L-5 serial number 85758, which was shipped in 1930 and apart from its block markers, has identical hardware and features). Assuming that this L-5 no longer has its original fingerboard, there is no way of knowing for sure.
Images courtesy of Musurgia