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#1 User is offline   j45nick 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:46 AM

New (old) guitar day here yesterday. Another 1950 J-45, FON 3358 5, as opposed to 3644 8 for my other one, so they're pretty close together in the production line. I bought it from the original owner, who is in his 80's now. He bought it new when he was 14, from Dusi Music in Youngstown, OH.

It is in very good condition, albeit with cosmetic bumps and bruises. Will need a few repairs, such as a couple of braces re-glued. Neck angle is OK, but by modern standards, it is getting into re-set territory soon. We'll see what it actually looks like when I get new strings on it.

Scalloped top braces (not nearly as elegantly done as on new Gibsons), small bridgeplate, popsicle stick vertical side stays (rather than the earlier fabric ones, which ended about 1947 or so), tall thin back braces. Dark sunburst, as seen on some modern "vintage" Gibson re-issues such as the Legend series. Wonderful late-40's to early 50's full C neck profile, dead-straight neck with no hump. Very little fret wear or board wear.

It has essentially not been played since the late 1950's, and has been under the bed in the original Gibson-branded brown pressboard case, which was typically sold with a J-45 in that period.

It is completely original and un-molested, down to the shrunken tuner buttons and equally-shrunken black plastic (celluloid?) bridge pins.

I now have three variations on the Gibson hog slope-J: a Fuller's 1943 SJ re-issue, the 1950 J-45 I bought in 1966 (re-topped by Gibson in 1968, and much modified over the 50+ years I have owned it), and this new baby.

The comparisons will be interesting.

I know, pictures or it didn't happen. Haven't posted a picture since Photobucket became useless, so I have to find a new hosting site.

This is gonna be fun. I think I'm in love...again.
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#2 User is offline   jedzep 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:58 AM

Yup...looking forward to hearing more.
I may not be good lookin', but at least I ain't got no money.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:32 AM

Nick,

Canít wait to see it!!!

Congrats


Enjoy your new baby in good health.




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#4 User is offline   george wooden 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:32 AM

Congratulations, you are blessed. You are now one of few with the ability to provide us an A, B, C comparison on all three guitars. This could get very informative, sir. Enjoy your new purchase for many years to come.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:35 AM

I WANT TO SEE IT too!


congrats Nick...
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#6 User is offline   olie 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:42 AM

Wow- this is guitarcheology! To get your hands on something that no one has tried to "improve" after all this time is really cool. You're a lucky guy and I hope you figure out how to get us some pix and sound bites. Congrats.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:47 AM

As exciting as it gets a series of good pics would lighten up everyone's weekend.
Why not try Imgur - https://imgur.com/

Enjoy every moment of this meeting. Oooohhh, those first chords🔥
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:15 AM

Oh, that guitar.. you got the hots for that one fairly early on. Congrats. As your avatar guitar was re-topped and refinished, this one might get you the back to the ordinal sound more than the other two combined. You might remember that Ď46 SoJo with a back crack Iíd rolled the dice on up in Nova Scotia; it was passed on by a local-to-there forum member who got to play it first and pronounced it a dud. Turned out, it had a brace or two that were loose- once repaired, it sounded so sweet and clear, it wasnít a J-45 anymore. If your brace reglue wakes up your Dusi Music (translate Dusi into Czech {polka country}) half as much, you will have a big surprise in store.

There is a good StewMac YouTube on getting the tuner buttons replaced if there is a concern that the old buttons might crumble.

ĎLove that you know so much of this guitarís history. . . so often weíre only left with a mystery.

So- whatís on the sticker/label below the heel, Ďround back?

As Mr E suggests, imgur is a fairly usable (free) image hosting site.

A sound bite after (or before & after) work is complete? Ha! We wonít hold our breath ; ).

Congrats
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:18 AM

Exciting! I'm looking forward to pictures and a comparison review. Sounds like a real find,

Lars
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:36 AM

Just signed up to imgur, and am still trying to figure it out.

The little sticker next to the neck heel says "it's a Dusi" (pronounced "doozy" in this case, which is old US slang for something special or unique). The store seemed to love to advertise. There's a sticker on the back, one inside, and one inside the original pressboard case, which I have but am not using.

This link should work, but I would rather embed in the future if I can figure out how.

Picture was taken by the seller as he was packing it to ship in the hard case I sent him. I've had a spare Gibson case sitting around for a few years, just waiting for the right guitar. Picture may be a little dark, but it's a fair representation of the dark burst, which I really like. The pins in this picture are not the original, which he sent me in a baggie, since they are essentially unusable. The pickguard is gorgeous, and in perfect shape.

J-45

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:56 AM

imgur.com is fairly intuitive to use- just keep one of the dimensions (once uploaded to imgur, select/highlight the pic in "images", click the pencil icon button to edit, find the edit button middle/right above your images gallery) in the 600's range, hit the copy button in BBCode, and you'll be able to imbed several photos into your post (thx, BucMcM).
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:11 AM

Thatís pretty sexy lookin nick

See since 1960-whatever you still havenít got the hang of shoes
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#13 User is offline   j45nick 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:14 AM

sorry, failed experiment. need to re-size image.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:19 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 18 January 2019 - 10:11 AM, said:

Thatís pretty sexy lookin nick

See since 1960-whatever you still havenít got the hang of shoes



Not my feet. That's the seller.
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#15 User is online   duluthdan 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:21 AM

Ok. Thatíd make my rack fer sure. GREAT find.https://i.imgur.com/veuvnSI.jpg

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Smile Fierce !!!
Gibson J-45 TV (Lyric)
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

View Postj45nick, on 18 January 2019 - 10:14 AM, said:

sorry, failed experiment. need to re-size image.


You actually don't have to. You don't even need to sign in to imgur. Just go to the web site, click upload, then right click the image and choose view. It image will come up with its web address. Just copy that and post it to the from as an image -- any size will work.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

Yes, but by keeping one of the dimensions less than 600 pixels, it wonít go too crazy on someone viewing on mobile or smaller laptop, iPad, etc.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:50 PM

Nice guitar. How did you find out about it? I wonder if there are any more 80 year olds who suddenly remember they have a guitar under the bed that hasn't been played in, oh, 60 years!
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1956 Country Western, natural
1968 J-50, natural
1992 J-30, all-mahogany
1993 Gospel, sunburst
1994 Gospel 100th Anniversary, natural
1995 Gospel w/Gibson Accuvoice pickup, natural
2004 WM-45, sunburst
2010 J-45 Standard, Gibson pickup, sunburst
2011 Jackson Browne Model A, sunburst
2016 J-45 1942 Legend Limited, Torrefied, sunburst
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:02 PM

Hey Nick. Glad to hear you have another J-45!

Of all things, re: "Dusi Music" -- I have a 1946 LG-2 that is also from Dusi Music. There's a stamp on the back centre strip proclaiming "Dusi Music Youngstown Ohio"! I did some internet searching and only determined that Dusi had closed a number of years ago, and that it appeared to be well-loved by some of the locals. That was about all I found on it.

My guitar was -- I'm assuming -- bought new there too. It ended up here in Vancouver courtesy of a draft dodger, IIRC the story from the dude I bought it from, and it moved here something like fifty years ago.

So -- another Dusi connection. I'll see if I can take a snap of the stamp and upload it later.
Btw, I also have moved over to Imgur -- Photobucket can suck it!

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:05 PM

View Postj45nick, on 18 January 2019 - 09:36 AM, said:




Be still, my heart.

Congratulations, Nick. I hope it sounds as great as it looks, and you enjoy it for many years.

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