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1927

 

If an instrument appears in one of our picture galleries this is noted beneath the serial number.

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81000

 

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Year shipped: 1927

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81273

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON: 8657

 

Year shipped: 1927

 

Headstock: Diagonal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret, double dots at frets 12 and 17

Body:

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

 

Notes: This guitar was purchased new directly from the Gibson Factory by musician Stanley Richards.

 

Source: Stan Werbin of Elderly Instruments

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81314

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON: 8657

 

Serial Number: 81314

FON:

Year shipped: 1927

Headstock: Diagonal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret, double dots at frets 12 and 17.

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plate and pearl buttons, wrap-over tailpiece, ebony bridge and short bound pickguard

 

Source: Richard Ortiz

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81339

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1927

 

Headstock:

Neck/fingerboard:

Body. There is a hairline crack above bass the side f-hole and the back binding may have been replaced.

Hardware:

 

Notes: The back and sides of the body and the neck have been refinished. Has original case

 

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81629

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1927

 

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pearl nut, pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret, double dots at frets 12 and 17. The fingerboard binding adjacent to the 18th and 19th frets has been replaced.

Body: There is a small top crack at the waist below the pickguard and a centre seam repair

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, backward facing Grover banjo tuners with pearl buttons and wrap-over trapeze tailpiece. The short bound pickguard has been notched for pickup.

 

Notes: Has ‘Master Model’ label

 

Source: Folkway Music

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81707

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON: 8688

 

Year shipped: 1927

 

Headstock: Diagonal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret, double dots at frets 12 and 17.

Body:

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip Waverly tuners with engraved base plates and pearl buttons, wrap-over trapeze tailpiece, short bound pickguard and ebony bridge

Source: Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 81791

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1927

 

Headstock: Diagonal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the third fret, double dots at frets 12

Body:

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip Waverly tuners with engraved base plates and pearl buttons, wrap-over trapeze tailpiece, ebony bridge, replica short bound pickguard

 

Notes: The ebony fingerboard is a replacement built by Cris Mirabella who also made the nut, pickguard and support bracket. The bridge base is original (the serial number is inscribed on its bottom surface) but the upper section is a replica made by Cumberland Acoustics. Although the guitar is pictured here with its original tuners these have since been replaced by gold-plated Waverly tuners

Source: Rod Mcdonald