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Year shipped: 1935

Serial number: 92230

FON: 142-9

Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo with no dot on the i

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret ebony fingerboard with block inlays starting at the first fret

Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides

Hardware: Rosewood bridge, gold-plated hardware including flat L-5 tailpiece engraved with L-5 legend.  Open gear Grover G-98 Tuners with metal butterbean buttons.

 

Notes: An early example of the first ‘Advanced’ L-5 models that Gibson made featuring a larger 17-inch body. Other notable transitional attributes of this example include: a larger, ‘open book’ headstock shape, a return to the earlier pointed-end fingerboard, a 19-fret neck, a rosewood bridge (instead of the previous ebony) and large block fingerboard inlays with the new addition of inlays at the first and seventeenth frets. This example also has the short-lived flat plate, hinged ‘L-5’-engraved trapeze tailpiece.

92230 BACK 92230 FRONT 92230 FINGERBOARD 92230 TAIL 92230 HEAD

Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions (www.guernseys.com) and photographer Paul Schraub

This guitar is one of only 56 Advanced L-5s shipped in 1935.