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1940

A total of 110 L-5s were shipped in this year

If an instrument appears in one of our picture galleries this is noted beneath the serial number.

 

 

Model: L-5P

Serial Number 96204

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, block inlays starts at first fret

Body: maple back and sides, Natural finish

Hardware: gold plated metal parts, Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons, Varitone tailpiece and original bound pearloid pickguard

Notes: refretted by Phil Petillo, original case

Source: Buzzy Levine, Larkstreet Music (larkstreetmusic.com)

 

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 96345

(See 17-inch Advanced Gallery)

FON:

Year Shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, block inlays start at first fret

Body: 17-inch body, bound f-holes

Hardware: Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons

Notes: At some point an under saddle pickup was fitted with corresponding controls – the latter requiring holes to be drilled through the pickguard

Source: The Music Gallery

 

 

Model: L-5P

Serial Number: 96358

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

FON: 945 F

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

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

Body: L-5P (17-inch body with cutaway), Sunburst finish and bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, Kluson enclosed tuners, Varitone tailpiece and replacement bound pickguard

Source: Rudy’s Music

 

 

Model: L-5N

Serial number FA-5015

(See 17-inch Advanced Gallery)

FON: 706E

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

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

Body: 17-inch body with a spruce top, maple back and sides, a Natural finish and bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware, Kluson tuners (two changed), rosewood bridge.  The tailpiece is a replacement

Notes: This guitar was delivered to Dave Barbour on April 2nd 1940

Source: François Charle (additional information André Duchossoir)

 

 

Model: L-5PN

Serial Number: FA 5172

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, custom ordered 'Super 400' style inlays from the first fret

Body: L-5PN (17-inch body with cutaway and Natural finish), bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, Kluson Sealfast tuners with amber Catalin buttons and Varitone tailpiece

Notes: Has original hardshell Geib case

Source: Ultimate Vintage

 

 

Model: L-5PN

Serial number: 96030

(Pictures withheld)

FON:

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, block inlays starts at first fret

Body: maple back and sides, Natural finish

Hardware: gold-plated metal parts, Kluson Sealfast tuners with metal buttons, Varitone tailpiece and bound pickguard

Notes: the guitar has been refretted and there are two stable cracks in the top that have not been repaired.

Source: withheld

 

 

Model: L-5PN

Serial Number: 96557

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret, 25 3/8 inch scale and 1 11/16-inch nut width

Body: L-5PN (17-inch body with cutaway and Natural finish), bound f-holes

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

Notes: Has original tweed case

Source: John Stewartand Nino Fazio (www.realvintage.it)

 

 

Model: L-5PN

Serial Number: 96576

FON:

Year shipped: 1940

 

Headstock:

Neck/fingerboard:

Body:

Hardware:

Notes: L-5PN (17-inch body with cutaway and Natural finish). Over-sprayed neck and repaired side crack

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com