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#1 User is offline   Tholf 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:00 PM

Hi i was hoping you guys could help me and my father identifying what year and if this Gibson is of any value , its been in our famely for ages and we was hoping to shed som light on how old it is. Attached File  IMG_1365_resized.gif (80.87K)
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#2 User is offline   JimR56 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 02:46 PM

What you have is a 1937 EH-150 lap steel, and yes it has value (just the pickup itself has considerable value, and is something that is still iconic and being copied to this day). You can search various websites (ebay, gbase.com, reverb.com, etc) to get an idea of the guitar's current value.

As far as dating, I use this online source: http://www.guitarhq....son.html#serial

Here is the section relating to your instrument:

Hyphen Factory Order Number with NO Letters, 1936 to 1943.
Pre-WW2 hyphen Factory Order Numbers are used mostly on lap steels. The format consists of a three or four digit number, a hyphen, then a one or two digit batch number. Only the first number (before the hyphen) determines the year.
1st Number range Year
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200-xx to 399-xx 1937
400-xx to 599-xx 1936, 1937
500-xx to 599-xx 1936 to 1938
600-xx to 799-xx 1936, 1938
800-xx to 999-xx 1936
1000-xx to 1599-xx 1937
1600-xx to 2999-xx 1938 to 1940
3000-xx to 5999-xx 1941
6000-xx to 6999-xx 1942
7000-xx to 7999-xx 1943
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#3 User is offline   Tholf 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 11:56 PM

Thanks for your information , I see on eBay just one but itís sold also with the amplifier. Do you know anyone in Europe that might buy old Gibson guitars ? Or anyone willing to buy one from Europe. Im guessing I will get best price in the us
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