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Year shipped: 1940

Serial number 96516

FON: 1343F-9


Notes: A.R. Duchossoir tells us: “This L-5P was first shipped to Lyon & Healy on 28th February 1942, which shows that at this point in time and history L-5s were not flying off the shelves as war was firmly on its way - especially after the Pearl Harbor disaster.


The interesting point is that this L-5P is just one digit away from the number of the electric L-5P that Gibson specially made for Charlie Christian and delivered to him at the end of June 1941 - regrettably a few days before he passed away (same batch as the CC L-5P and adjacent number - 515 vs 516). The guitar was then retrieved by Gibson via New York Band and given to Tony Mottola who used it extensively during his long career.”


Pictures courtesy: Gian Russo

96516 FULL FRONT 96516 back close 96516  heel 96516  HEAD BACK 96516 HEAD FRONT

Headstock: horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

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

Body: Spruce top, flame maple back and sides, bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with plastic buttons. Rosewood bridge.