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  1. I can't imgine what someone was thinking when they cut a V into the headstock of a gibson. 😱 I plan on replacing the tuners, truss rod cover and pick guard, but not until I get a luther to replace the missing brace and stabalize the crack. Want to ensure I have a stable guitar before replacing parts.
  2. I would be interested in any recommendations for a luther in Dallas area to replace the missing brace and secure a crack above the missing pickguard. I'm already upside down on this guitar but I'm open to spend a little to stablize it for the next generation.
  3. For the record I have a L1 that was difficult to date, but turned out to be a 1949. Stamp on my has 8 2180 see thread below.
  4. I cut out the pick guard template on paper and it appears to be an almost exact match. I have one piece of material, so I'll give it a try and if it does not work out, order a precut one. I'll also order the truss rod cover. I think this is the proper one. https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Truss_Rod_Covers/Gibson_Accessories_Truss_Rod_Cover.html
  5. The thickenss of the headstock at the top is just shy of 1/2" and at the E string tuner bearly over 9/16". I paid $400 cash for it. Price was $300, but seller thought he undershot price after he strung it up and it played so well. I was going to pass after he raised the price by $100, but after playing it could not stop myself from buying it. I may have overpaid but I'm okay with it. Would like to have a nicer vintage Gibson but I'll have to save up for that day. He did give me a piece of material for making a new pick guard. But might be easier to just buy one already cut to fix. I'll check out stewmac.com. There is a glue line on the inside back showing where the missing brace went. I might take it to a professional luthier shop to get an estimate on making it stable for long term use.
  6. It has straight across the top braces, so must be an LG-1 by your comments. Maybe a 1949 LG-1? I am just a newbie playing chords at this point, but this guitar sounds better and much louder than several others I have. Hope to check up my skils playing with my skills of buying guitars. Looking inside it appears to be missing one brace on the back across the middle. Not sure it makes sense to invest more putting back to all orignal, as it serves my needs very well. This one might have put me on a path of much more expense vintage Gibson guitars...
  7. Here is a picture of the neckblock. Yes the tuners had been harvested also. p.s. How do I get larger size quota for uploading pictures? I had to make this image small to be able to attach it.
  8. I am looking for help in dating this guitar and confiming the model please. Does 8 2180 on the bottom of the neck block, mean it is a 58'? It may look poor condition but been playing it for a few days and LOVE how it plays.
  9. Good morning everyone, I am a newbie guitar player but coming along. I love vintage gear but no knowledge of it. Yesterday I bought what a local luthier thinks is a beat up 50's LG1. I have no way to know what it really is. He said it was a guitar he bought for the parts. He had harvested the pickguard and trussrod cover. He thought the top might be Adirondack red spruce which would make it even older. He put a bridge and some tuners on it and strung it up for me. Super nice guy! The headstock has been butchered. Someone cut a v notch into the top edge. I was going to pass but when I played it, it sounds really good. I mean is sounded good to the point I could not pass it up and I could never afford a good condition gibson. Looking inside I can see 8 2180 on the bottom of the neck block. Regardless what it actually is, it sounds great and I'm happy with it for what I paid. But it would be nice to determine what model it is.
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