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Year shipped: 1936

Serial number: 93943

FON: illegible

Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20-fret fingerboard with a pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret

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

Hardware: rosewood bridge, gold-plated hardware including flat tailpiece with L-5 legend, non-original Grover Rotomatic tuners


Notes: This Advanced L-5 was shipped on Saturday, December 19th, 1936 to Fife Music Store of Hollywood, California in a #606 hard-shell case along with six other L-5s.


It has an unusual bracing pattern. The top is parallel braced but with two additional outer top brace that are positioned between each soundhole and the rim. Vintage guitar dealer John Stewart says that he has come across this bracing pattern before in a few other L-5s that were shipped around 1937.


In addition it has "Spec. L-5R" hand written on the underside of the soundboard. The ‘R’ designation stands for ‘Regular Finish’ (e.g. sunburst), in the same way that ‘N’ stands for ‘Natural Finish’ (contrary to widely held belief, a few L-5s were shipped with a Natural finish in 1936 - L-5 N, serial number 92737, which was shipped on the 7th January 1936 being one example.)


93943 FULL FRONT 93943 FULL BACK 93943 EXTRA STRUT 93943 writing

Pictures courtesy of

Mark Anagnostopulos