Serial Number: 94666

Year shipped: 1937

FON: 9.3 0-2

Headstock: Large, ‘flared’ headstock with horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first to the seventeenth frets. Has the same 25½ inch scale length as an Advanced L-5 (16-inch L-5s usually have a 24 ¾ scale length – see bottom image). Wide neck heel

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including hinged tailpiece with silver centre insert and three engraved diamond and individual open-back Grover 98G ‘Sta-tite’ tuners with butterbean keys. Long bound pickguard

Notes: The wide neck heel, ‘Advanced’ style fingerboard, ‘flared’ headstock and Advanced-style long bound pickguard are features more usually found on 17-Inch L-5s suggesting that the neck may have been replaced at some point.

Joe Spann tells us: “Gibson factory records indicate that L-5 serial number: 94666 was originally shipped on Saturday, December 11th, 1937 to Edgley Music Shop of Dallas, Texas in a #535 hard-shell case. The instrument did not sell and was subsequently returned to the Gibson factory on dealer exchange. It was shipped for the second time on Friday, February 11th, 1938 to Fife Music in Hollywood, California in a #515 hard-shell case. There is no record of any further returns to the factory through January of the year 1953.”

This is one of just eleven 16-inch L-5s shipped in 1937

25½ inch scale length

Images courtesy of Sun Valley Guitars