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70 years old
January 22, 1947
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Guitars. Music. Building stuff. Sailing. Politics. Fine wine. My wife. (not necessarily in that order)

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  1. In Topic:1965 J-50aj parts

    Today, 09:17 AM

    View Postzombywoof, on 23 October 2017 - 05:29 AM, said:

    Look at the placement of that pickguard. Either the guy who put it on was in one heck of a hurry to a hurry to get out Friday afternoon or it was added later on. I know that pickguard placement is a sensitive issue around here but the one on that J-50 is ridiculous. Maybe it was a warranty issue as Gibson did not bother supplying period correct parts but rather whatever they were using at the time.

    It looks like there is adhesive residue in what would be the correct location for the pickguard, but it also looks like pick wear in areas that should have been covered by the guard. Maybe the pickguard fell off at some point, and was glued back on in the wrong place. Even Gibson at its most careless would not have placed it like that.

    That serial number looks like 1965 with little ambiguity. Maybe the pickguard was replaced at some point.
  2. In Topic:1965 J-50aj parts

    Yesterday, 04:21 PM

    View Postholeshot1982, on 22 October 2017 - 03:48 PM, said:

    Any other way to know? Because thatís the date Gibson told me.

    You can post the serial number here, and we can research it for you. Gibson serial numbers in the mid-1960s are frequently ambiguous, and you sometimes have to go by the physcial characteristics of the guitar, in combination with the serial number, to pin it down.

    The batwing pickguard with the Gibson "boob" logo was only used for a couple of years, as bobouz says. By late 1968, the ill-considered screw-on version of the batwing came into use, and by sometime in 1969, the guitar went square-shouldered. If you measure the width at the nut (where the fingerboard starts at the headstock end), and it's 1 11/16" wide, it would probably be no later than 1965.

    You'll know the boob logo when you see it, if it hasn't worn off.
  3. In Topic:Southern Jumbo

    Yesterday, 03:44 PM

    View Postzombywoof, on 22 October 2017 - 09:30 AM, said:

    Don't the SJ and J45 both have belly-up bridges?

    Depends on the model. My '43 SJ re-issue has a belly-down (Martin style) bridge, which was common on "real" banner SJ's.
  4. In Topic:1942 J-45 Legend with torrified top, back, and sides

    15 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

    View Postzombywoof, on 14 October 2017 - 03:40 PM, said:

    I am attempting to hold firm though when it comes to guitars. I want to be ready to spring when I find that opaque yellow J-35.

    Be prepared to part with a large chunk of money.
  5. In Topic:1942 J-45 Legend with torrified top, back, and sides

    14 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

    View Postthegreatgumbino, on 14 October 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

    FYI, I was at Fuller's this morning and they still have one left. I was there about a month ago and they supposedly had "one" left, which sold to a gentleman while I was there. The salesman said this one is the one they used for pictures when they came in, and it had been in the office since and was forgotten about. $3,950 and it's yours. It sounds damn fine. I've played 3 or 4 of them in the past and was able to compare it to my SCSJ, a standard J45, and a Hummingbird (different animal) today. The Legend is amazing. Love the baseball bat neck. It's amazing how effortless it plays and how light it is. It is super responsive to the lightest touch and can really grown when pushed. The one that sold a month ago I was able to play against a true blue 1945 Banner J45 that a gentleman walked in with. The Legend sounds fantastic in comparison. If I had the money to spare, I'd have brought it home with me. I'd have to sell all my guitars and then some to be able to raise the money.

    If I had walked in there and seen it at that price, I might well have walked out with it. It's not that much more than I paid for my L-OO Legend a few years ago, and that one is a great little guitar. Mind you, I haven't played that big fat neck the J-45 Legend has, so couldn't say for sure.


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    02 Mar 2016 - 19:46
    Whats going on with you, ya "old wanker"?
    Have you had any news or word from GillianGirl (Karen)??? Miss that gal!
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    18 Jan 2015 - 17:27
    Did you meet John and carry the guitars to him or ship them?
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    18 Jan 2015 - 14:06
    Hey Nick, what are you thinking about selling??
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    ol fred 

    27 Dec 2012 - 08:56
    mirror? so turn of the century
    try this
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    01 Nov 2012 - 03:38
    Hey Nick,I know that you are a sailor. With regards to the HMS Bounty tragedy and sinking off Cape Hatteras....what do think that Captains mindset was ,as he steered his crew into disaster? Would like to hear your insight. Rod
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    ol fred 

    12 Jul 2012 - 07:52
    Illegitimi non carborundum
    empty your mailbox
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    16 Feb 2012 - 18:02
    Nick...I'm getting the frets redone on my L-7......they were pretty low and with my finger tips, I need more fret....ahhhh the joys of vintage ownership!
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    11 Feb 2012 - 11:46
    Nick....America's cup is still short several million in San Francisco.....think that's a problem???
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    01 Feb 2012 - 21:34
    Hey Nick...been playing my L-7, these guys really have a nice sound...just wondering how your voyage is going with yours???
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