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Year shipped: 1929

Serial number: 84677

FON: 9306

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret.

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Ebony bridge, Gold-plated hardware including three-on-a-strip Waverly tuners with engraved base plates and pearloid buttons and wrap-over trapeze tailpiece

84677 BACK 84677 FRONT 84677 TAILPIECE 84677 HEAD

Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of

Guernsey Auctions (

and photographer Paul Schraub

Notes: This guitar belonged to artist and musician Robert Armstrong (, seen above holding a musical saw and bow as Tony Marcus hands him the guitar featured here.


“I played this L-5 with the Cheap Suit Serenaders for years," says Robert. "I remember it as having a rich throaty bass, but not enough treble end. I eventually traded it to Tony Marcus for a 1929 L-5 that had a better treble response and better over all tone balance. I play the 1929 L-5 with the ‘Suits’ when we perform once a year.”


Tony Marcus later sold the guitar to collector Hank Risan.