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Year shipped: 1931

Serial number: 86885

FON: 9879

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the third fret

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including short wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plate and pearl buttons, mounted so that the cog is positioned below the worm gear. Short bound pickguard and ebony bridge


Notes: This unusual L-5 has a 12-fret neck and was likely a special custom order item (label marked “SPC L-5).

86885 FRONT EDIT 86885 BACK EDIT 86885 HEAD EDIT 86885 HEEL

Images courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions ( and photographer Paul Schraub


Label says: "L-5 SPC"

See image, right.