Serial number: 94139

Year shipped: 1937


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 individual open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. Long bound pickguard and rosewood bridge

Notes: This guitar has been buffed but retains the original finish with possibly some overspray in a couple of spots. ‘94139’ is a serial number that also appears on an L-7 T tenor guitar. Shipped 26th May 1937 to Griffith School of Music Atlanta, Ga.

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

Pictures courtesy of Charlie Cushman