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Headstock: Horizontal Gibson script logo
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed and narrow blocks from the first fret, long scale length
Body: Unbound f-holes
Notes: The tuners, tailpiece, pick guard and truss rod cover are replacements. The fingerboard binding has been cut through when the guitar was re-fretted and some of the binding has come loose. There are several cracks and a number of holes drilled in the side of the fingerboard to accommodate a pickup. There is also a plugged hole in the lower bout where a jack socket was fitted.
Gibson’s ledgers indicate that serial number 95602 was a ‘long scale’ L-5 with a Natural finish that was shipped on the 16th November 1938 to Lyon & Healy in Chicago. It was returned for repairs in 1940 and then shipped back to Lyon & Healy on the 10th January 1941 (thanks to Joe Spann for this information).
“Here are some pictures of a 1938 L-5 that I worked on recently,” says repairman Richard Heeres. “It has had a hard life as a gigging musician’s work horse!”
The holes in the side of the fingerboard extension (above) are probably from a vintage DeArmond pickup.
There are several cracks in the binding (below).
The images below left and right show cracks to the front of the guitar, one below the bridge and the other extending beneath the tailpiece.
A hole drilled in the side to accommodate a jack socket has been rather crudely plugged with a beech insert.
Images courtesy of Richard Heeres