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1929

 

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

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 84259

 

FON: 9251

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 84471

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo, truss rod cover engraved ‘William Hengold.'

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and banjo style ‘hearts and flowers’ inlaid in pearl. ‘Billy’ engraved on pearl block at end of fingerboard

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip tuners with engraved base plates and pearl buttons and short bound pickguard. The tailpiece has been replaced.

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 84540

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON: 9291

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: horizontal 'The Gibson' logo, pearl truss rod cover engraved with the name ‘Ray Baker’

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

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including engraved three-on-a-strip tuners with pearl buttons and a wrap-over tailpiece. Short pickguard

Notes: this is one of George Gruhn’s personal guitars. There is an error in Spann's Guide To Gibson where this FON is said to refer to a 1929 L-0.  He has now seen two L-5 guitarswith this FON, which dates the work order batch at about March 1929

 

Source: George Gruhn (guitars.com)

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 84677

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON: 9306

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays from the fifth fret.

Body:

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

 

Notes: This guitar belonged to cartoonist Robert Armstrong.

 

Source: Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions (www.guernseys.com)

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 85104

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with square end, dot inlays start at the third fret with double dots at fret 12

Body: Maple back with maple sides. Has Master Model label 

Hardware: Gold-plated Grover tuners (most of the plating worn away)

Notes: At some point three pickups and seven controls were installed. Though the owner states that “the pickups are floating on top of soundboard and could easily be removed,” the electronics will have required holes to be drilled through the top. The guitar has undergone various other modifications including a strap hook attached to the back of the headstock

Source: AJs Music and Vintage Guitars

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 85107

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON: 9352 (possibly 9852)

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: three-piece neck, 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays start at the fifth fret with double dots at frets 12

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including engraved three-on-a-strip Waverly tuners with pearl buttons and wrap-over tailpiece

Notes: has Master Model label 

Source: Gryphon Stringed Instruments (gryphonstrings.com)

 

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 85205

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON:

Year shipped: 1929

Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

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

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: gold-plated wrap-over tailpiece, reproduction tuners (originals in the case) and a reproduction pickguard. Ebony bridge

Notes: has Master Model label and original hardshell case

Source: Laurence Wexer Ltd. (wexerguitars.com)

 

 

Model: L-5

Serial Number: 85243

(See Type Two Gallery)

FON:

Headstock: horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: replacement fingerboard

Body: maple back with maple sides

Hardware: non-original hardware

Notes: the f-holes have been (poorly) enlarged

Source: Kennard Machol

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 85254

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON: 9418

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

Headstock: See below

Neck/fingerboard: Has replacement neck and headstock

Body:

Hardware: Non-original trapeze tailpiece and short pickguard. Fitted with a DeArmond pickup.

 

Notes: This guitar belonged to Alvino Rey

 

Source: Lynn Wheelwright

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 85259

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

Headstock:

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Notes: ‘Master Model’ label

 

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 85296

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

Headstock: Horizontal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: Fingerboard with pointed end and dot inlays starting at the fifth fret

Body:

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, three-on-a-strip tuners, regular trapeze tailpiece and short bound pickguard

 

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 85298

 

(See Type Two Gallery)

 

FON:

 

Year shipped: 1929

 

Headstock: Horizontal '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, replacement trapeze tailpiece and short bound pickguard

 

Notes: This guitar belongs to Marty Grosz

 

Source: Marty Grosz