Serial number: EA 5024

Year shipped: 1939

FON: No FON but what appears to be a ‘4 is written in red ink visible through the treble f-hole 

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo. Has ‘Sister Rosetta Tharpe’ engraved on truss rod cover 

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, Natural finish and large bound f-holes. 1 1/8″ handwritten on the label 

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Varitone tailpiece (re-plated) and Grover Imperial tuners. Rosewood bridge

Notes: Replacement pickguard (by Mirabella). Some repaired side cracks This guitar is one of 48 Natural finished Advanced L-5s shipped in 1939

Images courtesy of Richard Grimsdell