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1940s Southern Jumbo or J45????....(pics added)

#1 User is offline   sjgibson 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:32 PM

Anyone know if they made a 1948 Southern jumbo with a natural finish? The research I have done says they did not make natural versions till the fifties. There is not a serial number on the back of the headstock or inside guitar. looks like it has a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. I think it may be one of the three models below.

1. A 1948 Southern jumbo with the Finish sanded off.
2. A 1948 j45 with replacement Southern jumbo neck.
3. Custom model?? not sure if that even existed in the forties..

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#2 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:49 PM

Photos would help.

Why do you think it's a 1948?

In 1955 Gibson came out with a SJN natural finish called the "Country Western." Pearl "Gibson" peghead logo, and pearl crown peghead design, double parallelagram pearl fingerboard .

There's some members that can really nail it down for you with some pictures.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:58 PM

I had some problems attaching photos. The reason I think it's a 48 is it has the bottom belly Bridge the block style Gibson logo on headstock and the double parallelogram inlays in the neck.
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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:01 PM

I had some problems attaching photos. The reason I think it's a 48 is it has the bottom belly Bridge the block style Gibson logo on headstock and the double parallelogram inlays in the neck.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

My link

The link above is the best information I found on the changes year to year on the forties model Southern Jumbo's. All things point to it being a 48 Southern jumbo from that article except the natural finish. Maybe it's a model I have never heard of??? Any help would be appreciated

Thanks.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:50 PM

I've seen about the same information on this site

http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson6.html

Your guess looks good. May be a refin



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:24 PM

Considering that the peghead finish looks to have more mileage than the top/back, I suspect a (pretty decent and not too current) refin. Nice guitar!
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