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Help identify Gibson J40 vintage guitar

#1 User is offline   coda 

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:13 AM

I purchased this Gibson J40 when I graduated college in 1973. It looks, sounds and plays great. It is currently receiving some TLC from luthier John Thayer of Bremerton, WA who is resetting the neck, reworking the fretboard and rebuilding the bridge. This guitar came with a pinned bridge, I was under the impression they were not manufactured with pinned bridges. Was this a modification to the original instrument? The Serial no. 614244 is stamped on the back of the headstock and "Made in the USA" is below it. There is an orange and white rectangular label beneath the sound hole indicating it was crafted in Kalamazoo. With solid mahogany back and sides and a spruce top that gets tighter every year this guitar really projects great tone. Any information regarding it's creation would be appreciated. Thanks, Brian Grad http://s944.photobuc.../ad285/bhgrad1/

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:29 AM

View Postcoda, on 13 September 2010 - 03:13 AM, said:

I purchased this Gibson J40 when I graduated college in 1973. It looks, sounds and plays great. It is currently receiving some TLC from luthier John Thayer of Bremerton, WA who is resetting the neck, reworking the fretboard and rebuilding the bridge. This guitar came with a pinned bridge, I was under the impression they were not manufactured with pinned bridges. Was this a modification to the original instrument? The Serial no. 614244 is stamped on the back of the headstock and "Made in the USA" is below it. There is an orange and white rectangular label beneath the sound hole indicating it was crafted in Kalamazoo. With solid mahogany back and sides and a spruce top that gets tighter every year this guitar really projects great tone. Any information regarding it's creation would be appreciated. Thanks, Brian Grad http://s944.photobuc.../ad285/bhgrad1/



I recently bought a 1971/1972 J-40 in San Francisco. From what I have read, Gibson introduced the line as a "no frills," stripped down dreadnought in 1971 until the early 80s. Mine has the pinless bridge, and is currently having the neck reset.
This was a great option for me, since I couldn't afford a 2000-plus j-45 or a Hummingbird. The resale value for the J-40 is not as high (around or under 1000 bucks), but I'm not a collector, so it doesn't bother me.

Here's a bit more info:

http://www.ehow.com/...nformation.html

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 01:09 PM

I just purchased a 1974 J-40, but the top after the bridge is starting to lift by the ends of the bridge, which of course raises the action. What do any of you suggest that I do???
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