Pre-War Gibson L-5 Owners' Club

 

 

 

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1943

 

A total of 19 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-5

 

Serial Number: 97670

 

(See 17-inch Advanced Gallery)

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1943

 

Headstock: Diagonal 'Gibson' script logo and ornate pearl inlay in place of the 'flowerpot'

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and block inlays starting at the first fret (re-fretted)

Body: 17-inch ‘Advanced’ body with Sunburst finish and bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, hinged L-5 tailpiece with silver centre insert that is engraved with Roy Smeck’s name. Non-original Grover Imperial tuners

Source: John Stewart

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 97740

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1943

 

Headstock: Diagonal ‘Gibson’ script headstock inlay, ornate floral headstock inlay

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with narrow block inlays from the first fret. 25 ½ inch scale length and 1 11/16 inch nut width

Body: 17-inch ‘Advanced’ body with Sunburst finish and bound f-holes

Hardware: Engraved gold Grover ‘butterbean’ tuners (similar to those found on some prewar style 5 Martins, flat tailpiece with ‘L-5’ legend (as used on the earliest 17-inch L-5s), rosewood bridge with pearl inlaid feet (as found on the prewar Super 400) and repro pickguard

 

Notes: White oval label. From Tsumura collection. Has original Gibson 'red stripe' hardshell case

 

Source: Joe Vinikow, archtop.com