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.
Images courtesy of Paul Fox