Serial Number: 95840

Year Shipped: 1939

FON: 10 with a dash in front of it in red ink or crayon

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

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 bound f-holes 

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: “This guitar was purchased new by Della Smith – later to become Della Anderson – from the Los Angeles area,” says its current owner David Johns. “She bought it from Fife and Nichols in Hollywood, CA. Her scrapbook with lots of photos and her Musicians Union lifetime card were in the case.”

This guitar is one of 101 Sunburst Advanced L-5s shipped in 1939

Picture courtesy of David Johns