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post your 1950's gibsons!

#41 User is offline   Slim Chance 

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:45 AM

Wow, some really nice '50's Gibsons. But hey, what about solid bodies?


'56 Goldtop ...

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'57 TV Junior ...

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#42 User is offline   TM 

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

1951 J 185



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#43 User is offline   Slim Chance 

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:25 AM

Gotta have an early ES-335 in here,

1958 Gibson catalog ...


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1958 ES-335TD ...


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#44 User is offline   TM 

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:42 AM

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Gotta have an early ES-335 in here,


My, my that is very nice!

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#45 User is offline   Slim Chance 

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:43 AM

Let's keep it going,

1951 L4CN ...


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#46 User is offline   j45nick 

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

View PostSlim Chance, on 02 March 2012 - 09:25 AM, said:

Gotta have an early ES-335 in here,

1958 ES-335TD ...

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Now THAT's a beauty! Must be a late '58, with the bound fretboard. I have a Nashville ES 335 '59 Historic, which is about as close as us poor folk can come to your original.

#47 User is offline   Slim Chance 

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:23 PM

Thanks. Here's his little brother,

1959 Epiphone Sheraton ...


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:10 PM

View PostSlim Chance, on 08 March 2012 - 01:23 PM, said:

Thanks. Here's his little brother,

1959 Epiphone Sheraton ...


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Okay, NOW you're startin' to piss me off. [laugh] Just kiddin. My eyes are drawn to the Sheraton in that photo, though. If you don't mind, please tell us about that beauty. I've heard a few people criticize those NY single coils. I've never played one with those (nor have I played any guitar with those). How do you like the sound of it compared to your '65? Sheratons still fascinate me, because I spent a couple of years obsessing about them before finding the right one. I almost bid on a '60 on ebay a couple of years ago, that was similar to yours (sunburst, short headstock with the older style script logo) except that it had mini-hums.

Oh, by the way, I have a photo on my hard drive of one that looks very much like yours. I think it was in the inventory of Southworth Guitars at the time I found the photo.

#49 User is offline   Slim Chance 

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:29 PM

New York p'ups get a bad rap, always have. Somebody once said they were "weak" sounding pickups and the stereotype stuck. It's true that NY p'ups are lower output that mini-humbuckers and full-size humbuckers but they still sound great to me ... that's why they made volume control knobs, right? And it's really the player more than the pickup. Yep, they are different than humbuckers, more like single-coils should sound. Sort of like P-90's or even a "toaster". My all-time fave single-coils are dog-ear P-90's mounted on early Juniors. Whoa. Sheraton's are cosmetically fancier than the ES-335's ... even more than ES-355's. Inside, they are very similar in construction details. I try not to think of descriptions like "better" or "worse" but I do like the PAF sound of the ES-335 over the Sheraton, but the Sheraton gets playing time as well.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:25 AM

View PostSlim Chance, on 08 March 2012 - 10:29 PM, said:

Sheraton's are cosmetically fancier than the ES-335's ... even more than ES-355's.

Tell me about it. [smile]

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I've had a number of 335's, 345's and 355's, by the way. I wish I had taken more and better pictures of my guitars over the years. I need to scan some of my prints and get them uploaded.

Here's the pic of the '59 I referred to above:

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:08 AM

On the epiphones, those dots must be indicaters for the pots instead of the rings on the gibsons????

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:58 PM

52 ES-175 and 56 ES 125

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:50 PM

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:33 PM

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Such beauties!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:23 PM

View PostMrBlade, on 26 March 2012 - 05:33 PM, said:

Such beauties!

Thanks. I wish I had better photos, but I didn't take many when I owned those guitars back in the 80's. These were 25 year-old prints that I just scanned into my computer. I think the only other good photos I have are slides.

I posted more scanned images of other guitars in the other two threads (40's Gibsons; 60's Gibsons).

#56 User is offline   Dave Lang 

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

That 175 is my dream guitar orpheoet!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

Aw, the Golden Age of Gibson. What an amazing collection of guitars our forum members have.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

View PostDave Lang, on 04 April 2012 - 08:19 AM, said:

That 175 is my dream guitar orpheoet!


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

Thanks Dave. It sounds as good as it looks.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:01 PM

Hi. I joined the board last week and posted a story about my 50s L48 (http://forum.gibson....my-50s-acoustic). It doesn't have a serial number or FON so I can't identify the year. I love it nonetheless and play it daily. I need to get it in the shop for a tune up though.

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Some incredible guitars on this board. I'm in awe!

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