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Serial Number: 87887


Year shipped: 1931

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

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

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Grover open-back tuners with butterbean keys and  wrapover tailpiece. Pearl nut, ebony bridge (the serial number is inscribed on the underside of the bridge foot) and short bound pickguard

Notes: A few grainline cracks near the soundholes have been repaired and some overspray applied to the top. White oval ‘Guaranteed’ label and original hardshell case


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Pictures courtesy of James Vickers and Joe Vinikow (

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