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1925 Gibson L5 Guitar #81273


1925 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1927 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Guitar, Style L5
Serial 81273
Factory Order number: 8657


Originally owned by Stanley Richards, purchased new at the Gibson Factory when he toured there in 1925 or 26, He once played in a Band out of Butte, Montana.

EC, 16" lower bout, sunburst finish, carved spruce top with f-holes, figured maple sides and carved back, 2-piece flamed maple neck with snakehead headstock, white-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, 1-3/4" nut width, 24-3/4" scale, adjustable ebony bridge, gold trapeze tailpiece, w-b-w-bound body and tortoise plastic pickguard, w-b-w-bound headstock with pearl "The Gibson" and flowerpot inlays, engraved-3-on-a-plate tuners with pearl buttons (small chip in low E and A buttons), an absolutely wonderful crack-free example of the immediate post-Loar period, with the requisite excellent sound, includes DeArmond FHCB single coil pickup and archtop mounting bracket, with arched-lid OHSC (green lining, new handle) (SN:81273 FON 8657)


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Superb condition
  • Truss rod
  • Rounded ends on tuner plates


From Elderly Instruments.
Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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