Serial Number: 90077

Year shipped: 1933

FON: Illegible

Headstock: Horizontal‘Gibson’scriptlogo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and custom ‘picture frame’ fingerboard inlays that are enclosed in rosewood rectangles with an ivoroid border. These are the same as those found on some 1930s Style 3 Mastertone banjos, the Style 5 Deluxe Mastertone banjo and some L-75 archtops.The same fingerboard inlays can be seen on L-5 serial number 91615 and L-5 serial number 89849, both of which were built for guitarist Carl Kress

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Nickel-plated metal Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys.Long bound pickguard

Notes: Has the word ‘Special’ hand-written on the interior label. It was sent back to Gibson for repairs, and subsequently returned to the New York Band Instrument Company in Manhattan on October 24th 1935. The cross-bar of the tail piece appears to have been replaced with an item similar to the tailpiece bar found on various Gibson off-brand models from the late 1930s (including the Recording King M3 and Cromwell G4 archtops)

Images Courtesy of Mike Thompson