Serial Number: 93121

Year shipped: 1936

FON: 1356-18

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first to the seventeenth frets

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including regular tailpiece

Notes: The tuners, bridge and pickguard have been replaced (the original bridge and tuners have been stored with the guitar). The fingerboard has been refretted by Gruhn Guitars

This guitar was shipped on the 18th of June 1936 and is listed in Gibson’s shipping ledgers as “L-5 old.” The FON indicates a pre-1935 body. The fingerboard appears to have been replaced in the late 30s.

This is one of just seventeen 16-inch L-5s shipped in 1936

Images above courtesy of George Gruhn of Gruhn Guitars

Images courtesy of Glen Johnson