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Serial Number: 84471


Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo, truss rod cover engraved ‘William Hengold.'

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and banjo style ‘hearts and flowers’ inlaid in pearl. ‘Billy’ engraved on pearl block at end of fingerboard

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plates and pearl buttons, wrapover tailpiece and short bound pickguard

Notes: Billy may well have been a banjo player, because when he custom ordered this L-5, he had the classic ‘hearts and flowers’ inlay installed in the fingerboard. In addition, he had the position marker inlaid at the tenth (rather than ninth) fret, which is standard practise on banjos and mandolins. The tailpiece has been replaced.



full front ull back f board end head head back 2 truss copy tail back angle 2

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