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BR-9 lapsteel

#1 User is offline   kevin134 

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 05:43 PM

New to this forum, new to Vintage Gibson ownership. Just picked up my late 40's BR-9 today. Awesome sounding guitar. I know these were made from '47-'59 and that in '50 they started using adjustable pole pieces in the pickups. Wondering if anyone knows how to figure out what year it is. No visilble sn#, it has a P-90 pickup, and original hardshell case. According to guy I bought it from it is basically a one owner, he remembers his mother buying it around '48 or '49. Also wondering what info is out there on these things, like how many made, etc... Thanks, and I will try and post pics this weekend.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 03:36 AM

They made 13358 1954-59 had adjustable poles and crinkle finsh. It was the most popular Gibson lap steel and was a student grade model sold with a matching amp as an outfit. You can find out more buy obtaining a copy of A.R Duchossoir's book Gibson Electric Steel Guitars 1935-1967

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:25 PM

I am looking for replacement parts for a GIBSON BR-9.

New to this forum, new to Vintage Gibson ownership. Just had a late 40's/early 20's BR-9 arrive from Memphis today. I know these were made from '47-'59 but there is no serial number on what I own (that I can see anyway).

I need basically everything to make it work.... tuners, nut, bridge, bridge cover, pickups and electronics.

If anyone can help or at least help point me in the right direction to find what I need I would be very grateful.

Cheers, D

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

Hard to say what year it is without more pix. I would imagine parts for a vintage BR-9 will be a bit hard to find, but would suggest eBay as always.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:56 AM

My guess is that many parts were robbed off that lap steeland sold on ebay. Many parts are interchangable to other vintage gibsons.
That makes the parts worth more than the lapsteel.It will probably cost more than the lapsteel is worth to put it all back together.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:29 AM

It was the most popular Gibson lap steel and was a student grade model sold with a matching amp as an outfit.Posted Image

#7 User is offline   Ryan H 

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:51 AM

If your lapsteel hasn't been modified...I would say check the potentiometers. On the back there should be a series of numbers along the edge. Should be 137YYWW. YY= Year of manufacture (for the pots). WW is the calendar week of manufacture. Could also be 134 at the beginning (137 is CTS, 134 is Centralab)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:03 PM

View PostCaroline64, on 22 March 2012 - 08:51 AM, said:

If your lapsteel hasn't been modified...I would say check the potentiometers. On the back there should be a series of numbers along the edge. Should be 137YYWW. YY= Year of manufacture (for the pots). WW is the calendar week of manufacture. Could also be 134 at the beginning (137 is CTS, 134 is Centralab)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

View Postenoch21, on 22 March 2012 - 09:03 PM, said:

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Not a problem, just used the same method to date my '64 Melody Maker. It's about as accurate as you can get with a pre-1975 Gibson.

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