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L-5s built prior to Lloyd Loar's departure from the company in December 1924, have both Gibson 'Master Model' and Lloyd Loar signature labels, the latter signed and dated by Loar himself. Typical features include a single bound 20-fret fingerboard with a pointed end and pearl dot inlays, a diagonal 'The Gibson' logo, silver-plated hardware, a tailpiece in which the strings pass through and over the crossbar, a birch back with maple sides and a Virzi Tone Producer suspended within the body. Early examples are distinguished by an unbound pickguard.
Please bear in mind that the date assigned to each instrument is based on its Serial Number. This was added just before the instrument was shipped and therefore does NOT necessarily correspond to its date of production, or indeed the date on which Loar signed its label. Sometimes production and shipment dates diverge by as much as four years. FONs (Factory Work Order Numbers) for Loar instruments are not available due to the fact that Gibson glued Lloyd Loar's hand signed paper labels over them.
The Gibson L-5 Type One: 1923 to December 1924