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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 second Jeremy's year ID as 1960 according to that R in the factory order number. The model during this time period would have been LG-3 since the B-25 wasn't introduced until 1962. The fretboard is Rosewood, top is Sitka Spruce and the back/sides/neck are Mahogany. Nice guitar!
  3. Those Kels are amazing. Only problem is that they fall apart and need maintenance after a short time on the road. Did you see the black 1936 L-00? He bought that from me last year.
  4. That is an absolutely stunning guitar. Gary's prices are traditionally very high but the quality of his inventory usually reflects the price. Mint condition collectable items like this one can and do bring prices that are double or more than what's considered market price for a guitar of the same model and year but only good condition. The other part of the pricing equation is what I like to call the prestige of the seller. Matt Umanov's guitars will bring 50% or more than your local shop down the street. This can be a huge factor in the actual value of the guitar. We will find out if
  5. Great guitar, thanks for sharing!
  6. I completely understand the urge to convert the ADJ bridges to slot/bone saddles but I recommend against it. But, if you do, can I buy your old bridge? I'm looking for adjustable bridges from that time period. All I need is the rosewood part, not the hardware.
  7. Hello cmcallis, welcome to the forum. This is a very neat gift you were given. I think that you've identified and dated it correctly. Are you a guitar player? Are you wanting to play it or sell it? If you would like to sell then I suggest leaving it as-is. You would likely not gain from putting money into it. Here's a 1951 Epiphone FT-110 that I recently sold. Let me know if you would like a professional appraisal for insurance purposes for your guitar.
  8. I think it's a very cool guitar. Gibson doesn't make money by making exact reproductions- they make money by selling guitars. I think this one hits a untapped market at a great price point. Of course, the 14 fret Rosewood L-2 size hole in my heart is already filled
  9. Very similar to that one! What's the FON on yours Slimt?
  10. I spoke with Mark about this guitar and am excited for him to bring it to market. The gentleman was actually very well informed to be an original owner of a J-35. Mark went through a lot of trouble to secure the guitar and provide a proper buying environment for a prospective owner. I don't consider it a flip when he has the kind of overhead and selling infrastructure that takes years to develop. But I also think that my guitar is even more special! I just don't have good friends at the Times.
  11. 1952. The "Z" Fon prefix indicates that it was made in 1952. The belly up bridge with slot saddle was used this year but transitioned to the drop in saddle in 1953. If you look at a profile view of the headstock you'll see that the head stock is straight from top to bottom. A 1948 Gibson J-45 would have a tapered headstock, skinny at the top and thicker near the nut.
  12. Like Martin said, the top bracing is the most significant difference between the early 1950s Gibson bracing and the later 1950s bracing. The bracing style changed sometime during 1955. The early 1950s bracing style is a traditional X style, tall and thin profile. The middle areas of the X and tone bars are hand scalloped at the factory. The later bracing is straight with a more short and wide profile. Both bracing styles make for a very responsive top. Some of the best Gibson dreadnoughts I've ever had have been late 1950s straight braced examples.
  13. I'm definitely biased on this issue but in my opinion, prices have been stabilizing rather than rising. I have seen steady sales at my store at what I would consider market price. Overall, prices for the general market have been a bit stagnate compared to the last year or so (See the first few pages in the VG Price Guide 2015). Maybe you're seeing prices for the style of item you look for rise. Maybe you're ahead of the trend? (VG indicates that the prices for vintage Martin guitars have dropped by 5% in the last year while Gibson and Fender prices have increased by about a percentage poin
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