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Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo, metal truss rod cover engraved ‘Bob Gibbons’
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard (refretted) with pointed and dot inlays from the fret five
Body: Body and neck are refinished
Hardware: The hardware (three-on-a-strip tuners and wrap over trapeze tailpiece) have been replaced with vintage parts while the pickguard is a repro by Cumberland Acoustics.
“My L-5 has had a complete refinish,” says owner, Ken Waltham. “It had a bad, old refinish on it, so this is a vast improvement. It was also missing the original hardware and case. I found a proper set of tuners and a tailpiece. The latter was nickel, so I had it gold plated. The pickguard is a repro by Cumberland Acoustics. I also managed to source a Geib red line case.
“The guitar was owned by Bob Gibbons, who played the daylights out of it, so, a lot of stuff was worn out, I guess!”
Pictures courtesy of Ken Waltham