Serial Number: 96594

Year Shipped: 1941 


Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret. 25 ½-inch scale length and 1 11/16-inch nut width. 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 Varitone tailpiece. Rosewood bridge

Notes: Has been fitted with a set of post-war Kluson Sealfast tuners (not original to the guitar) and a reproduction bound tortoiseshell plastic pickguard. A post-war white oval label (still bearing the original serial number) has been affixed to the interior. According to the seller this was common practise when instruments were returned to the factory and may have occurred when the above-mentioned tuners were installed. Has original striped tweed Gibson hardshell case with pink plush lining

Andre Duchossoir says that Gibson’s shipping ledgers list this instrument as one of just nine L-5PN models shipped in 1941. It was first shipped on January 8th of 1941 to Aegerter Music House in South Dakota. Later that year the guitar was returned to Gibson and reshipped to Grossman Music in Ohio, before finally being delivered to a ‘Band Officer’, presumably with the US Armed Forces.

This guitar is one of 9 Natural finished Advanced L-5s shipped in 1941

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