This is a 1939 Recording King M5 acoustic archtop guitar by Gibson. This particular example, serial number EW1031, is in very excellent 100% all original condition with the original hard case and era-appropriate nylon-braided strap! 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. The original pickguard has gassed and slightly deteriorated, a notorious symptom of pickguard material used during this era. The bracket is not included. Otherwise, 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.