Year shipped: 1937
FON: 12040-B (see Notes below)
Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret. 24 ¾ inch scale length and wide neck heel
Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides, X braced top and small unbound f-holes. The label has 1 1/8″ on its lower left-hand side
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 belonged to Marty Grosz (see below). It has its original tweed case.
The last digit of the serial number appears to be a 9 or a 3. We already have 94139 on this section and 94133 is in our database but without pictures.
Both the guitar pictured here and 94133 belonged to Marty Grosz, suggesting that they are one and the same instrument. However, 94133 is described as having a different tailpiece. It is possible that the description is incorrect.
The first five digits of the FON are extremely difficult to read (see images below), so that the number quoted above may not be correct. It is possible that two guitars were given the same serial number
This guitar is one of 212 Sunburst Advanced L-5s shipped in 1937
Images courtesy of Nino Fazio