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Year shipped: 1939

Serial number: EA-5168


Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo

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

Body: Refinished 17-inch body with maple back and sides and bound f-holes

Hardware: A strap button has been added at the heel and all of the hardware has been replaced


Marek Rejhon, the owner of L-5 serial number EA-5168, explains how he came by it: “When I purchased this guitar in 2013 it was unplayable and without any hardware. It had been smashed twice – once in 1965, then again four years later  and had been rather crudely repaired and refinished . It was restored by Prochazka Custom Guitars ( in the Czech Republic. None of the hardware is original and the guitar has of course been refinished . It sounds unbelievable! I also have a 1942 L-7, a 1946 Epiphone Emperor and various other archtops but for recording the L-5 is my main guitar. I use it professionally with my big band Harlemania ( and in the studio .


Images courtesy of Marek Rejhon

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