Serial number: 95739

Year shipped: 1938


Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo with no dot on the ’i’

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret. 25 3/8-inch scale length and wide neck heel

Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides. Natural finish and large bound f-holes, parallel-braced top

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including hinged tailpiece with silver centre insert and three engraved diamonds and Grover Imperial tuners. Rosewood bridge and long bound pickguard

Notes: Refretted. Has original tweed covered Geib hardshell case

This guitar is one of 13 Natural finish Advanced L-5s shipped in 1938

“When I first got L-5N serial number 95739, a hinged bracket from a regular trapeze had been installed,” says the guitar’s current owner Nino Fazio. “The engraved, broken one was still in the case and I was lucky enough to find another engraved tailpiece on eBay. The trapeze part was broken but the bracket was intact, enabling me to put together the complete, undamaged 100% original engraved tailpiece that you see here!”

Images courtesy of John Stewart of My Jazz Home and Nino Fazio