Serial number: 94138

Year shipped: 1937

FON: 1198 C

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo (lacks a dot over the letter ‘i’)

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 large unbound f-holes 

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including flat tailpiece engraved with ‘L-5’ legend. and rosewood bridge

Notes: The original tuners have been replaced, a replica pickguard has been fitted and the guitar has been re-fretted with period-correct fretwire. Still has its original Geib case

“I have been the proud owner L-5 serial number 94138 since 1969,” says the guitar’s owner, Dan Burm. “I bought it from a well-known talent agent, Sammy Tucker, who in turn had bought it from Herb Ellis in the 1950’s. It is the virtual twin to L-5 serial number 94139

This guitar is one of 212 Sunburst Advanced L-5s shipped in 1937

Images courtesy of Dan Burm