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Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo
Neck/fingerboard: Re-fretted 19 fret fingerboard with pointed end and block inlays from the third fret
Hardware: Regular trapeze tailpiece
Notes: Restored by Thomas Amberger who repaired a number of cracks and refinished the entire guitar. Non-original Gotoh tuners and strap button added on treble side of heel. The tailpiece, pickguard and bridge are original. Has original hardshell case.
Notes: Joe Spann (author of Spann’s Guide To Gibson) confirmed that this guitar was re-worked at the Gibson factory in 1936.
This explains the narrow fingerboard inlays which are occasionally found on 16-inch L-5s shipped after the introduction of the 17-inch Advanced L-5 in 1935 (see L-5 serial number 91930).
Pictures courtesy of
Laura Bults-van der Linde
at The Fellowship of Acoustics