If your name is Sam Rosenberg, boy, have we got a guitar for you! This remarkably original 16 inch L-5 bears that name on its truss rod cover. Sadly, we can’t find any info on Sam, but he sure had great taste in guitars. This guitar shows plenty of wear but very little damage. The serial number on the label points to a 1934 date, but the 1251 FON (Factory Order Number), stamped on the inside of the back under the treble-side f hole, suggests that it might have been shipped in 1935. (Gibson reused FONs those two years.)

It has its original finish, original gold Grover G-98 tuners, tailpiece and bridge. The pickguard is an excellent replacement and the neck was professionally refretted some time ago. There's some minor fret wear but the frets have a lots of miles left. Thankfully the pearl fretboard position blocks were not thinned and so have excellent color. The neck has a pronounced V-shape and the fretboard binding is cracked in a few places but it’s not loose anywhere. There are two filled holes in the neck at the 14th fret that suggest that this guitar once has a floating pickup mounted. This L-5 does have the kerfed braces that Gibson used in this era, but it has the full, rich tone we expect from 16-inch L-5s. Includes the original velvet-lined case.

stock no. 58245

ModelL-5
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidesCurly maple
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 3/4"
Bridge materialoriginal ebony
Fretboard Materialebony
Neck material2-pc maple
CaseOrig. Hard
Electronicsnone
Bracingtwin tone bar
Neck profilerounded V
Bindingcelluloid
Total frets19
Serial No91652 (FON 1251)
Tunersoriginal Grover