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Model: L-5

Serial Number: 91615


Year shipped: 1935


Headstock: Elongated headstock (similar to Super 400), horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo, custom floral headstock inlay

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and custom 'wreath' style picture frame fingerboard inlays (different from those seen on the 1930's L-7), 1 13/16 inch nut width

Body: 16-inch body. Two grain-line cracks at either end of the bass f-hole and a resealed centre seam beneath the tailpiece

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, Grover Sta-Tite open back tuners, long bound pickguard, ebony bridge (both the bridge and pickguard have matching serial numbers)

Notes: Custom built for Carl Kress. White oval label (the label the bridge and pickguard have matching serial numbers). Gibson's records show that this guitar was shipped to Kress at least twice, which presumably accounts for minor variations in period photos. Has original hardshell case


See serial number 89849, which was also built for Carl Kress

full front full back label head HEAD BACK fretboard CARL KRESS tail pickguard

Images courtsey of Joe Vinikow (