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Year shipped: 1929

Serial Number: 85243

FON: 9418

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!”


Photographs above courtesy of Kennard Machol.


Current owner Michael S. Horowitz adds: "The hardware was replaced with a newer trapeze style tailpiece and Gotoh tuners.


"The f holes were enlarged and bound at one point in the guitar's life. The f hole binding was removed, a back crack repaired and a new fingerboard was installed by Jim Weaver of Boise Guitar Repair.


"This instrument has the beautiful tone and natural reverb that these 1920s L-5s are famous for and coincidentally, was built in the same batch as some of the most celebrated pre-war L-5s: Alvino Rey, Marty Grosz, George Gruhn and Maybelle Carter's guitars were all from this batch."


Images below courtesy of Michael S. Horowitz.

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