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  1. Hi WDG, as you've discovered, this is a lovely 1936 Gibson L-1 model. "Made in USA" stickers on the interior back strip and stamps on the back of headstocks were applied to instruments that were exported and sold new. Spann's Guide to Gibson lists factory order number 136A as a batch of L-1 guitars made in 1935. You've inherited a lovely instrument, enjoy it in good health! And if it every comes up for sale, I'd love to have a shot at it. You can reach me at the link below.
  2. I'll clarify my statement about the bridge: I think the bridge should be replaced properly but the decision of who does the repair would be better left up to the buyer. That way they will more likely get the result they desire. Those pictures are a good start. The most important area is going to be the bridge plate directly under the bridge. See of you can take the old strings off and get a picture of that. Try to get a good shot of the inside of the back as well. There will be four horizontal braces that are prone to coming loose. I can see a cracked top brace in your second picture. Look half way up on the left side of the picture.
  3. Those bridges are not common enough to have a good reproduction source unfortunately. There are plenty of luthiers out there that will make you one but I suggest not doing so. I am happy with only about 1% of replaced bridge that I've ever seen. It's a very difficult job to do correctly. So often it's done incorrectly which causes irreparable damage to the guitar and renders it much less valuable (sometimes half). It's your guitar and you are free to do with it whatever you like. However, in my opinion it should be left alone without any restring. There are so many potential structural problems with the guitar that require a very skilled eye to detect. String tension on a guitar with loose braces can cause such severe top distortion that it cannot be fixed. String tension on a guitar with a failed bridge plate can cause the strings to pull through the top leaving behind a large hole. Etc, etc. These suggestions are meant to help and not to scare you away from the guitar. They guitar is more valuable in as is condition as opposed to having been repaired by someone not well qualified to do the job. It's already had one unqualified bridge replacement so there's no reason to make it two. Maybe you could post some cell phone shots of the interior so we can see if it has had any prior repair? You can use a flashlight inside the body to help the camera focus.
  4. Thanks for the kind words Rich. Someone did a great job on the restoration on your J-55. I'd love to have the chance to play yours sometime if I ever make it up north....
  5. Very nice find JeepNerd. I think you've dated and identified this guitar correctly which is no easy task. The case is not original to the guitar but appears to be a Gibson J sized case from the 1950s. The guitar has potential to be a very fine instrument. I'd be interested in buying it whenever they get around to selling it. Would you ask them to contact me through my website when they decide to sell? There's a link in my signature.
  6. Sounds like a nice collection there Zoony. Do you have any pictures of that Excellente or the rope guard Frontier? I'm a big fan of both of those, especially that Frontier.
  7. Thanks for showing us that guitar. It's a Kalamazoo KG-11. These are great guitars and have been gaining popularity lately. Yours is going to need anywhere from $350-$800 worth of work to be a real playable guitar again. Even so, great guitar and thanks for sharing!
  8. I happen to love the old Kalamazoos. I actually prefer their original ladder bracing as long as the top hasn't distorted too bad, as these are prone to do. I have a shade top KG-12 with Maple back and sides that has huge tone and the top is in perfect condition with no distortion. I guess that one just got lucky with a nice piece of Spruce. Zomby, I'll always be fond of Harmony Sovereigns too. I don't think there's any need to X brace them because they sound so damn good already! They all either need or have had a neck reset though.
  9. The J-35 is absolutely for real. In fact, I believe it is the greatest value for the money of any USA made acoustic guitar on the market today (just my opinion thought). I play all vintage Gibsons but my main guitar is my 2013 J-35. It looks like you are about 3.5 hrs away from one of the best 5 star dealers in the country (they were the 2012 Gibson Dealer of the Year). Right now they have at least 4 J-35s in stock. Call Keith at Bailey Brothers in Birmingham and tell him you are coming to check out the J-35s. He's a forum member here and a straight shooter.
  10. TMOE can be easy one you get the tunning. Here is a link to wind and walls on my J45

  11. Here's what a damn fine condition Prewar Hohner Marine Band looks like #hohner http://t.co/2GNWuaiPXz

  12. Just arrived! Late '20s #Gibson U1. I'm really digging that canvas case too #ukulele #vintage http://t.co/CGsyneKLm4

  13. Just got my '47 #Gibson J-50 back from @burnsbanjos. Great dry low end. @jasonstockdale would love this! #lowendthump #vintageguitars

  14. It's here! the case seems warm so I'm going to let it cool to room temp before opening #impatient #vintageguitar http://t.co/ROMwrKICFh

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