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Body: Birch back, no Virzi fitted. The inscription “Make braces a little thinner” is pencilled beneath the soundboard near the bass side f-hole. The back has a translucent brown finish (you can see the wood grain through it)
Notes: This is the only L-5 that Gibson is known to have shipped in 1923 and the only instrument to have been signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on July 6th of that year. As such, it is the earliest L-5 on record. The first production batch of L-5s was signed and dated by Loar on the 31st of March 1924.
Image above courtesy of
Peter Kohman (musurgia.com).
All other image courtesy of Carter Vintage (cartervintage.com)