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Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo
Neck/fingerboard: One-piece neck. The fingerboard is a factory replacement of the style used on the ‘Advanced’ models
Body: Maple back and sides, the top braces are solid
Hardware: Ebony bridge, gold-plated hardware, including trapeze tailpiece. Originally had three-on-a-plate pearl buttoned Waverly tuners (currently has modern Waverly reproductions)
Notes: Joe Spann tells us: “The factory order number (FON: 9991) indicates that this guitar was manufactured towards the end of March in the year 1931. The serial number (88219) indicates that it was prepared for sale and shipment in October of the year 1931.
Here are the dates and information:
3 July 1936 – Shipped as a “repair” to Hunleth Music Company in St. Louis, MO
12 March 1937 – Shipped as a “repair” to Hunleth Music Company in St. Louis, MO in a #514 case
27 June 1939 – Shipped as a “repair” to Hunleth Music Company in St. Louis, MO
2 February 1944 – Shipped as a “repair” to W.J. Phillips in a non-Gibson case”
We have listed this L-5 as Type 3 but it is possible that the original fingerboard had dots. Tony Marcus adds “It's of course impossible to know whether the long pickguard is original or if it replaced a shorter one”
Pictures courtesy of Tony Marcus
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