Year shipped: 1935 (see details on serial number in Notes)
Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo
Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret fingerboard with square end and wide pearl block inlays from the third fret. Bone nut
Body: Maple back and sides
Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including regular tailpiece and individual open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. The long, bound pickguard has begun to exhibit signs of celluloid deterioration. Adjustable ebony bridge with a ‘turn-over’ saddle for Hawaiian playing
Notes: The frets have been replaced and there are a few small divots in in the lower positions of the fingerboard. An unusual ink stamp that reads “Model L-5” appears on the inside back in several places – this does not appear to be an official Gibson marking. Although the label is missing, the number 92034 is etched on the underside of the pickguard
This is one of 110 16-inch L-5s shipped in 1935.
Images courtesy of: Retrofret