Year shipped: 1938
Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo with no dot on the ‘i’. The name ‘Frank Remley’ is engraved on the truss rod cover
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 Natural finish and large bound f-holes
Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including hinged tailpiece with silver centre insert and three engraved diamonds and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons.
Notes: This guitar was originally a left handed model. The long bound pickguard has been repaired and since this guitar was built as a left handed model, the pickguard bridge saddle and nut are probably replacements. Has been refretted
This guitar is one of 13 Natural finish Advanced L-5s shipped in 1938
Born on October 13th 1901 in Minnesota, Frank Remley was an television personality and musician who appeared with the Phil Harris Orchestra in the 1930s (below) and was later a regular on the Jack Benny television and radio shows and in movies such as Ma & Pa Kettle Go to Town. He is pictured (above, left) with comedian Jack Benny.
Images and details courtesy of John Stewart of My Jazz Home