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Year Shipped: 1936

Serial Number: 93079

FON: 554B-6

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, block inlays start at first fret

Body: 17-inch body with maple back and sides and small unbound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware including individual open gear Grover G-98 Tuners with metal butterbean buttons and flat tailpiece engraved with ‘L-5’ legend

Notes: Fitted with a nickel-plated DeArmond Rhythm Chief Model 1000 pickup, which is dated July 13th, 1966.

Records indicate that the guitar was sold by Skinner Auctioneers (incorrectly dated as a 1935 L-5) for $6,463 in 2002.


Joe Spann adds: "Gibson L-5 (serial #93079) is listed in the factory shipping ledgers as an ‘L-5 Special’.  It was shipped three times.


It was taken out on 10 April 1936 as a ‘salesman's sample’ by factory rep George Post along with an identical L-5 (serial #93080).


Evidently Post was not able to sell either guitar and on 14th May 1936 both guitars were shipped to the New York Band Instrument Company in ‘shopworn #606’ cases.


Within a few weeks the New York Band Instrument Company returned the guitar (#93079) to the factory.


Finally, on 25 August 1936 it was re-shipped to the New York Band Instrument Company, where it evidently sold."


Evidence suggests that the guitar was refinished at the factory early in it's life and this may have been done during one of its trips back to the factory before its final sale.  


Pictures courtesy of Glen Johnson

93079 FRONT DETAIL-1 93079 tail Full front

Images below courtesy of George Gruhn (