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1941

A total of 106 L-5s were shipped in this year

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

 

Model: Gibson L-5 PN

Serial Number: 96581

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

FON: 1486 F

Year shipped: 1941

 

Headstock: horizontal script 'Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret ebony fingerboard with raised extension, pointed end and pearl block inlays from the first fret

Body: Venetian Cutaway, maple back and sides, Natural finish

Hardware: gold plated metal parts, Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons, Varitone tailpiece, rosewood bridge, bound tortoiseshell pickguard

Notes: has original tweed hardshell case,

Source: Gary’s Classic Guitars (garysguitars.com)

 

 

Model: L-5 P

 

Serial Number: 96617

 

(See 17-inch Premier Gallery)

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret.

Body: 17-inch ‘Advanced’ cutaway body with Sunburst finish, bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece

 

Source: The Chinery Collection

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 96697

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5N

 

Serial Number: 96751

 

(See 17-inch Advanced Gallery)

 

FON: 1083F

 

Year shipped: 1941

 

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end and narrow block inlays from the first fret.

17-inch ‘Advanced’ body with Natural finish, bound f-holes

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons

 

Notes: Shipped only once, on March 19th 1941 to Sherman Clay & Company in a #600 case

 

Source: Kevin Siggins (gibson-prewar.com)

 

 

Model: L-5N

 

Serial Number: 96881

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

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Notes: Gibson Ledgers records this as N L-5 (Natural finish?) ‘El Span’ - Les Paul

 

Source: Paul Fox

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 96893

 

FON: n/a

 

Year shipped: 1941

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5N

 

Serial Number: 96970

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

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Body: Natural finish

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Notes: L-5N

 

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 96979

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Serial number: 97173

(See 17-inch Advanced Gallery)

FON: 4159G

Year shipped: 1941

Headstock: Horizontal 'Gibson' script logo (lacks a dot for the letter ‘i.’). Truss rod cover engraved ‘Bud’

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

Body: Natural finish, maple back and sides

Hardware: rosewood bridge with pearl inlays, gold-plated hardware including Varitone tailpiece and Kluson Sealfast tuners with Catalin buttons. Missing pickguard

Notes: L-5N serial number 97173 was originally shipped on 26th September 1941 to Lyon & Healy in Chicago, Illinois.

Source: Don Belter

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 97176

 

FON: 35276 (may be 3527-G)

 

Year shipped: 1941

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5

 

Serial Number: 97230

 

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Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

 

 

Model: L-5N*

 

Serial Number: 97295

 

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Year shipped: 1941

 

Headstock: Horizontal ‘Gibson’ script logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret rosewood fingerboard with pointed end and narrow blocks from the first fret. 25 ½ inch scale length and 1 11/16-inch nut width

Body: 17-inch ‘Advanced’ body with bound f-holes, refinished and re-fretted

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts, Varitone tailpiece, non-original Kluson ‘Sealfast’ tuners, later pickguard, rosewood bridge

 

Notes: * This guitar has been refinished and though it currently has a Natural finish it have been may shipped with a Sunburst finish

 

Source: Fretted Americana