Year Shipped: 1936
Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo
Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret fingerboard with square end and narrow block inlays from the third fret.
Body: Maple back and sides
Hardware: Gold plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. Rosewood bridge
Notes: Missing pickguard. According to Guernsey’s Auction House, where this L-5 was offered for sale in 2016, its first owner was George VanEps. It subsequently belonged to Howard Roberts before being acquired by Don Peake in the early 60s. A member of the famed Los Angeles Wrecking Crew, Peake played the guitar on numerous hits including ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ and ‘Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers, ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ by Ike and Tina Turner and ‘If I Were a Carpenter’ by Bobby Darin. This is one of just seventeen 16-inch L-5s shipped in 1936
Images above courtesy of Guernsey’s Auction House