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Headstock: horizontal 'The Gibson' logo
Neck/fingerboard: new fingerboard by luthier Jim Weaver
Body: maple back with maple sides
Hardware: non-original hardware
Notes: The guitar’s owner comments: “the f-holes were poorly enlarged and bound, it had the wrong fingerboard - like a Kay or something, it had no hardware and there were cracks in the back. It was truly a basket case but… it has the great sound that these early L-5s are famous for!”
The later-style heel shape suggests that the guitar may have been re-necked at the Gibson factory.
Photographs courtesy of Kennard Machol