Serial number: 96978 Allan Reuss

Year shipped: 1941


Model L-5E (listed in ledger as ‘L-5P with ES-300 Pickup’)

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20-fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret

Body: 17-inch cutaway body with Natural finish and large bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Varitone tailpiece. Rosewood bridge.

Electronics: ES-300 short diagonal pickup, two knobs on treble side below the bridge

Notes: The pickguard is missing

This L-5P was sent to Alan Reuss along with an EH-185 amplifier serial number 16213. The guitar’s interior label reads: ‘Style L-5E’. Reuss returned the instrument to Gibson a few months after receiving it.

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Ledger entry reads: “1 L-5P, 96978 with ES 300 pickup and EH158 Amp serial no 16213, to Allan Reuss, 28/05/1941.”

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