Gibson  L-5 Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1931), ser. #87080, original black hard shell case.
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Gibson L-5 1922- 1933

Gibson L-5 1922- 1933

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Overview

The original, all-acoustic non-cutaway Gibson L-5 set a template that influenced jazz archtop design for decades after its debut in 1923. It originally had a 16" wide body, switching over to a larger 17" width in 1935. The earlier, 16" specimens are more highly sought after. 

The 1932 model is one of the last years to have the smaller body. Some came with a standard trapeze tailpiece, while others had a Kaufman vibrola tailpiece. Having one or the other does not affect a specimen's market value. 

Years of Production: 1922 - 1933

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • L-5
Finish
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1922 - 1933
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Back Material
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • Archtop
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Sunburst
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
Model Family
  • Gibson L-5
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 20
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Series
  • Gibson Pre-War Era
Sides Material
  • Maple
Top Material
  • Spruce

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