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Year shipped: 1942

Serial number: 97656

FON: 7014H-5

Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' logo (lacks a dot for the letter ‘i.’)

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with block inlays starting at the first fret, 25 ½-inch scale length

Body: maple back and sides

Hardware: rosewood bridge, gold-plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with tulip-shaped buttons

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Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of

Guernsey Auctions (

and photographer Paul Schraub