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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
Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of
Guernsey Auctions (www.guernseys.com)
and photographer Paul Schraub
Notes: This guitar belonged to artist and musician Robert Armstrong (www.armstrongartandnoveltyhut.com), 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.