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Year shipped: 1931

Serial number: 86811


Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson' logo, original tuners replaced with Waverlys. Trussrod cover engraved with the name 'Joseph Martori'

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret fingerboard with square end. Pearloid blocks inlays beginning at 3rd fret

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Original ebony bridge replaced with rosewood bridge (see below). Gold-plated hardware including wrapover trapeze tailpiece. Long pickguard.


FULL FRONT full back head

Owner Tim Fees says, "This guitar has a repaired top crack. The previous owner replaced the original tuners with Waverleys and in the process the holes were enlarged.


“When I acquired the guitar from Joe Vinikow (, the original tuners were back on it but since they did not work well with the enlarged holes, I put the Waverleys back on. I also had a bone nut made and on the advice of luthier Ken Miller, replaced the original bridge with a 1950s Brazilian rosewood bridge.”

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Pictures courtesey of Tim Fees

Watch guitarist Jorma Kaukonen trying out Tim's guitar in this clip.


Tim explains: "Jorma Kaukonen tried out my 1928 Gibson L-5 at Fur Peace Ranch. He and Barry Mitterhoff played this song for us in concert the night before. They had just added it to Hot Tuna's repertoire. We students got the privilege of hearing it first. I liked the way Jorma played the instrumental version on the archtop, too. "