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Serial Number: 86343

FON: 9688

Year shipped: 1930

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: Slim one-piece neck with 19-fret fingerboard with square end and block inlays from the third fret (see notes, below)

Body: Maple back and sides, 16-inch body refinished, small repaired top crack

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Waverly repro tuners, non-original trapeze tailpiece. Ebony bridge and long pickguard


Notes: Owner Tony Marcus says: “This guitar was refinished by Gibson in the 1930s. For some unknown reason, they gave it the colour and shading of the Recording King archtops that they were building at the time. The block inlay 19-fret fingerboard and long pickguard were almost certainly installed at this point. As was often the case, the factory also replaced the original Master Model label with a newer one with the same serial number.”




full front full back head back head tail guard


Pictures above courtesy of Thunder Road Guitars


Picture below courtesy of Tony Marcus