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Year shipped: 1934

Serial number: 90140

FON: 696 (could be 969!)

Headstock:  Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo Individual Grover tuners

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret ebony fingerboard with a square end and pearloid block inlays starting at the third fret

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Ebony bridge, gold-plated hardware (the truss-rod cover, trapeze tailpiece and pickguard are replacements and a strap hanger has been added. The tuners also appear to be non-original)


Pictures courtesy of Lewis Thomas


“I purchased the guitar from the family of the previous owner,” says Lewis. “I was told that it had belonged to their uncle who had owned it in the Liverpool area since the 1930s but was unable to find out his name. It is not stamped ‘Made In USA’ as were most examples intended for export so may have that been bought new or used in America and brought over in person.”

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We think that the non-original pickguard on the guitar above is probably from a Selmer-inspired Busato guitar (see left and the detail image below.

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Images courtesy of Ted Gottsegen