Serial Number: EA 5376

Year Shipped: 1939 

FON: 441 E

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, Natural finish and large bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons. Rosewood bridge and long bound pickguard

Notes: Gibson’s shipping ledger provides the following information: “September 20, 1939 to dealer Volkwein Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA.” The guitar is listed as EA-5376 with added “natrl” abbreviation for a natural finish

This guitar is one of 48 Natural finished Advanced L-5s shipped in 1939

Images courtesy of Eric Schoenberg, Schoenberg Guitars