Serial number: 95928

Year shipped: 1939

FON: 244 E-1

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 Varitone tailpiece and Grover Imperial tuners. Rosewood bridge and long bound pickguard

Notes: André R. Duchossoir adds: “This L-5 was first shipped on 30th March 1939 to Gibson rep Clarence Havenga. It was some kind of demonstrator because it was shipped/delivered seven times to various reps and dealers between March 1939 and Feb 1940. In the books it is clearly labelled as ‘LS’ (Long Scale).”

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

Images courtesy of Gian Russo