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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 ( and photographer Paul Schraub

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