Please bear in mind that the date assigned to each instrument is based on its Serial Number. This was added just before the instrument was shipped and therefore does NOT necessarily correspond to its date of production. Sometimes production and shipment dates diverge by as much as four years. A combination of construction features and the FON can be used to pinpoint the actual date of production (see Spann’s Guide To Gibson by Joseph E. Spann, published by Centerstream).
From 1939 the L-5 was offered - as the L-5 Premier – with a single rounded ‘Venetian’ style cutaway and both cutaway and non-cutaway models were available with an optional Natural finish.