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Serial Number: 84540

FON: 9291

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: horizontal 'The Gibson' logo, pearl truss rod cover engraved with the name ‘Ray Baker’

Neck/fingerboard: 20-fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays start at the fifth fret with double dots at frets 12 and 17

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including engraved three-on-a-strip tuners with pearl buttons and a wrap-over tailpiece. Short pickguard

84540 body front 84540 head


Notes: this is one of George Gruhn’s personal guitars. There is an error in Spann's Guide To Gibson where this FON is said to refer to a 1929 L-0.  He has now seen two L-5 guitarswith this FON, which dates the work order batch at about March 1929


Photos courtesy of George Gruhn (

84540 in case 2