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Year shipped: 1934

Serial number: 91100


Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret ebony fingerboard with square end and pearl block inlays from the third fret

Body: maple back and sides

Hardware: Grover 98G 'Sta Tite' tuners (with the exception of the low E which was replaced by an identical, albeit slightly later Grover model), gold-plated hardware including tailpiece and tuners. Replacement pickguard and bridge


Notes: A small crack on the back was cleated, the heel cap was replaced, and a neck reset.



91100 FRONT 91100 BACK 91100 HEAD

Pictures (above) courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions ( and photographer Paul Schraub

Ray Whitley truss rod cover

The picture on the right shows the Ray Whitley L-00 ¾ custom guitar which has the same font and decorations on the truss rod cover as the model featured here.

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Original owner Frank M. Scully had his name engraved on the truss rod cover. This was likely done at the Gibson factory, as many other Gibson guitars from the 1930s have the same style font and decorations (notably the Ray Whitley L-00 ¾ custom guitar).

Pictures below courtesy of Michael S. Horowitz