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Headstock: horizontal 'The Gibson' logo, individual tuners
Neck/fingerboard: pearl block inlays start at the first fret, 19 fret fingerboard with square end
Body: maple back and sides
Hardware: gold plated metal parts, regular wrapover tailpiece and long pickguard
Notes: This guitar was an export model (during this period, Gibsons made for export have the words "made in the USA" stamped on the rear of the headstock). It was originally sold in Canada.
Year shipped: 1932
Serial Number: 88484
Note that the block inlays start at fret one and are narrower than is usual for this period. It seems likely that the fingerboard is a replacement, as confirmed by André Duchossoir in his research. "My opinion is that the fretboard was replaced," he says, "most probably in the mid-1930s. I have found an entry in the ledgers indicating that #88484 was returned to the Gibson factory by Canadian dealer, Ed Archambault. In any case, these narrower blocks only appeared on 16-inch L-5 from 1935 onwards."
This guitar was from the collection of John Entwistle, bass player with The Who.
Images above and left courtesy of Vintage and Rare Guitars
Images below courtesy of Mandolin Archive (mandolinarchive.com)