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Year shipped: 1941

Serial number: 97173

FON: 4159G

Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo (lacks a dot for the letter ‘i.’). Truss rod cover engraved ‘Bud’

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with block inlays starting at the first fret

Body: Natural finish, maple back and sides

Hardware: rosewood bridge with pearl inlays, gold-plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons. Missing pickguard


Notes: L-5N serial number 97173 was originally shipped on 26th September 1941 to Lyon & Healy in Chicago, Illinois.


Pictures courtesy of Don Belter



Don Belter shares the story of his guitar with us:


“This L-5N belonged to my dad, Edmund Joseph ‘Bud’ Belter. He lived in Chicago and played most every weekend, generally with the Hal Davis Orchestra. He also played with other musicians and on one occasion appeared with Duke Ellington as a ‘sit in’ musician! My dad passed away in 1967 at the age of 52 and I have had the L-5 ever since then (wow, that’s 50 years ago!) He earned his living as an auto body and fender repairman. His last residence was in Arlington Heights Illinois, where my 101 year old mom still lives.”


May 2017

full front in case full back in case FON head front receipt serial number Hal Davis Orchestra