Year Shipped 1937
Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret. Wide neck heel
Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides and small unbound f-holes
Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including individual open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. Long bound pickguard and rosewoodbridge
Notes: The tailpiece has been replaced and the guitar has been fitted with a DeArmond floating pickup
This guitar was signed out of the Gibson factory on 22nd of January 1937 by salesman Wallace Caldwell as a sample. Assuming that the finish is original, this is one of 7 Natural finished Advanced L-5s shipped in 1937.
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