Pre-War Gibson L-5 Owners' Club




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Year shipped: 1924

Serial no: 76709

Virzi number:

Signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on March 31st 1924


Headstock: Slanted 'The Gibson' logo with rhinestones added by a previous owner

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret

Body: Birch back, with Virzi Tone Producer fitted

Hardware: metal parts including Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned above the worm gear, wrap-over tailpiece. Short bound pickguard

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Images courtesy of Gary

The guitar pictured here belonged to Gary's Grandfather, Frederick Hill who was born in 1884 and died in 1934.  


Gary tells us: "He passed away when mum was nine years old, 25 years before I was born. The L-5 had been stored away in its case for a lifetime.


"I don't have much information, though we do know that he was a minister in Ontario, Canada. How he came upon the Gibson remains a mystery. That guitar was expensive in 1924 and I doubt he purchased it new. Unfortunately, everyone that knew him has now passed away."

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The F-5 Mandolin below was signed by Lloyd Loar on March 31st 1924. A similar pattern of rhinestones has been added to its headstock. Could it have belonged to the same person as the L-5?

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