This is a 1939 Recording King Model M5 acoustic archtop guitar by Gibson. This particular example, serial number EW1137, is in very excellent 100% all original condition! At the time, this pre-war acoustic was the top-of-the-line Recording King model, and is effectively a budget Gibson L5, as it features; a 17″ wide x 4″ deep body, a 2-piece bookmatched hand-carved Adirondack Spruce top with dual parallel tone bar bracing, a 5-piece Maple neck with Walnut center stripes, large diamond fingerboard inlays, deluxe individual Kluson tuning machines with nickel buttons, Walnut peghead veneer with embellished headstock profile, a 1-piece laminated flamed maple back, and original case.
As mentioned, this is a no issues, 100% all original instrument. With no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications whatsoever. Even the original pickguard is perfectly intact and void of typical gassing and deterioration. The instrument is 100% all original and intact. The cosmetic condition of this guitar is quite fine. It’s a strong 8.5/10, and is most certainly worthy of any vintage guitar collection.
The neck is fairly straight with some slight relief. With a low string setup, the guitar buzzes, however, when the bridge is raised this noise artifact is resolved. This early production 17″ dual top-braced model sounds fantastic, and has enhanced low-end and more transparent mids than it’s 16″ predecessor.