Serial Number 92487(?)

Year shipped: Not known


Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret fingerboard with pointed end. A series of pearl diamonds have been added between the original narrow block inlays. Wide ‘rounded’ neck heel

Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides and large bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Varitone tailpiece 

And Grover Imperial tuners (see Notes below)

Notes: The pickguard is missing, and the guitar has been refinished in Cherry Red. Has original hardshell case.

The serial number given by Heritage Auctions – 92487 – indicates that this guitar was shipped in 1935. However, the combination of features – large bound f-holes, a Varitone tailpiece and Grover Imperial tuners – suggest that it was in fact shipped in late 1930s. Joe Spann adds: “According to the Gibson shipping ledgers serial number 92487 was an L-4 model acoustic arch top guitar shipped on December 5, 1935. It was part of a group of 15 L-4 models with consecutive serial numbers all shipped within a week of one another. Definitely not an L-5 model.”

Images courtesy of Heritage Auctions