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Serial Number: 86949

Year shipped: 1931


Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo and metal truss rod cover engraved with the name ‘Bob Bain’ (see below)

Neck/fingerboard: 19 fret fingerboard with pointed end and wide block inlays from the third fret


Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip tuners with pearl buttons, trapeze tailpiece and long pickguard


Notes: This guitar belonged to Bob Bain who played with – amongst others -  Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee,


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The custom truss rod, which is engraved with Bob’s name, was a present from session guitarist Tiny Timbrell.


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Bob Bain with 86949

Bob Bain with the L-5 featured above