Gibson L-3 Guitar

Gibson L-3 Guitar

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This guitar was made by the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1925. It is a six course (6x1) guitar, serial #80612, model L-3, with a spruce top, maple sides and back, and a mahogany neck. The guitar bears the printed label:

PATENTED Feb. 1, '98 [/] Patented March 30, '06 [/] Other Patents Pending [/] Gibson GUITAR Style 13 [/] Number 80612 is hereby [/] GUARANTEED [/] against faulty workmanship or material. Should [/] this instrument, with proper care and usage, go wrong, [/] we agree to repair it free of charge at our factory, or [/] to replace it with another of same style or value. [/] GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. [/] (Manufacturers) [/] Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S.A.”

The L-3 guitar was manufactured from 1906-1933. This guitar, without case, sold for $100.00 in a Gibson catalog from 1929.

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Object Name
date made
Gibson Co.
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
overall: 39 in x 13 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 99.06 cm x 34.925 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Marjorie A. Cope
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