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Serial Number: 89764

FON: 566 (produced May 1933)

Year shipped: 1933

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ script logo, factory original hand engraved truss rod cover with Roy Smeck’s name, original tuner buttons hand engraved with ‘S’ motif

Neck/fingerboard: The 19-fret fingerboard with square end and wide block pearloid inlays from the third fret has been refretted

Body: 16-inch body with maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including Grover trapeze tailpiece engraved with Roy Smeck’s name (see notes below). Replacement pickguard

 

Notes: This guitar was custom built for Roy Smeck. Joe Spann of Gruhn Guitars adds: “While the tailpiece is unusual for a Gibson, the guitar shows no evidence of ever having had any other tailpiece installed. The tailpiece itself is a Grover product and is period correct. Though Gibson is not known to have used this specific tailpiece on any of their other guitars, it seems likely that the item – which is engraved with Roy Smeck's name – was fitted at his request.

 

 

Full Front full back head head back in case tail

Images courtesy of Gruhn Guitars (guitars.com)

The tailpiece pictured right was specially made for Martin by the Grover Company and is clearly the same item fitted to L-5 89764.

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