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Serial Number: 95498


Year shipped: 1938

Headstock: Old style tapering headstock with horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: Fingerboard with pointed end and dots from fret three

Body: 16-inch body with maple back and sides and small unbound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware, regular trapeze tailpiece, replacement tuners (Waverlys) and long pickguard


Notes: Repaired cracks and jack socket hole in top, back centre seam repair and complete refinish. Although eight 16-inch L-5s were shipped in 1938, the featured guitar's dot inlay fingerboard appears to be something of an anachronism, perhaps suggesting that it is a later replacement.

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Images courtesy of Lowell Levinger