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Year shipped: 1931

Serial Number: 87992


Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays start at the third fret

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including and regular trapeze tailpiece. Reproduction Waverly three-on-a-strip, pearl button tuners and replaced bridge, short pickguard


Notes: This L-5 appears to have been factory refinished Cherry red in the early 1960s (note the large numbers stamped into the rear of headstock). According to Gibson researcher Joe Spann, the guitar was manufactured and shipped early in 1931 and returned to the factory for repairs in 1937, 1940 and 1941. It’s unlikely however that the refinish was done at any of these dates and since we don’t have access to Gibson ledgers beyond September of 1951, we are unable to confirm at what point it took place

87992 Red L-5 front 87992 Red L-5 back 87992 Red L-5 label 87992 Red L-5 tuners 87992 Red L-5 peghead

Images Courtesy of Tony Marcus