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Serial Number: 95080

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Year Shipped: 1937

Headstock: Horizontal script 'Gibson' logo, individual Grover Imperial Tuners. Has the name ‘Bobby Sherwood’ engraved on the truss rod cover

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

Body: 17-inch body with spruce top and maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated hardware including hinged tailpiece with silver centre insert and ‘L-5’ engraving. Long bound pickguard and rosewood bridge

 

 

Pictures courtesy of  Stéphane Neidhardt

Stéphane Neidhardt, the owner of this guitar shared the following story with us:

 

“I bought L5 serial number 95080 in 2012 and recently discovered an engraved name, hidden beneath an old paper tape on the inner side of the truss rod cover (the truss rod was reversed).

 

“Having cleaned it up, I was able to read the name ‘Bobby Sherwood ‘.

 

Research revealed that  Bobby Sherwood a talented multi-instrumentalist and a great guitarist! I contacted his son Michael Sherwood – it turns out that Bobby had two sons, both of whom are professional musicians - who sent me this photo of his father playing a super 400 (you can see this picture here)

 

95080 FULL FRONT 95080 CATALOGUE IMAGE 95080 TRUSS ROD 2 95080 TRUSS ROD 3 95080 TRUSS ROD COVER

Left: central section of the truss rod cover as originally found on the guitar.

Right: truss rod cover after cleaning

“You can hear Bobby Sherwood playing my guitar on this 1938 record with violinist Harry Bluestone, which is a tribute to Eddie Lang and Joe Venutti. Michael Sherwood told me that his father replaced Eddie Lang in Bing Crosby’s band!