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Year shipped: 1931

Serial Number: 87993

FON: 9952

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 individual tuners and wrap-over tailpiece. Short pickguard

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Picture courtesy of John G Stewart Fine Guitars (


This L-5 was produced in June of 1931 and shipped in August of 1931. There were at least 10 guitars in the same batch, most of which were returned to the factory in the later 1930's for repairs.  In the repair lists they are designated as "Old style L-5". Gibson was fighting for its life in 1931 and it is highly likely that they produced a batch of L-5's using up existing older parts. With thanks to Joe Spann for this information.