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Year shipped: 1938

Serial number: 95666

FON: D-1 (hard to read: the D is ink stamped and the 1 is handwritten)


Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo. Has the name ‘S.C. Ronsley’ engraved on the truss rod cover


Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and block inlays from the first fret


Body: 17-inch body with parallel braced top and maple back and sides and  bound f-holes


Hardware: Rosewood bridge, reproduction tailpiece. Grover Imperial Tuners


Notes: The nut and frets have been replaced, loose binding on the body reattached, the fingerboard rebound and a separated centre seam repaired. Reproduction pickguard by Paul Fox (




“The person that I bought it from had inherited it from his uncle, a jazz player named Ralph Petrillo, who lived in Northern New Jersey and had owned the guitar since the 1940’s, ” says Mark Anagnostopulos



Pictures courtesy of Mark Anagnostopulos





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