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  1. Beautiful guitar. Congratulations. I'm curious about the designation, "original," because the originals had neither the belly up bridge nor the bound fingerboard. But, again, a beautiful guitar.
  2. Sometime in 1943. You can scroll down my Banner Registry and see the simpler rosette appear right around FON 916.
  3. A lovely 1946 J-45, with replaced bridge and tuners, that is well worth some luthier's attention. Alas, I do not offer evaluations.
  4. jt

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    Very cool! I'd love to see photos. I'm in the slow process of working on a second edition of Kalamazoo Gals. (I owe books to other publishers first, so this will take a while, likely a year, or so). As others have pointed out, all known 1942 J-45s have the Banner. Before your revelation, I believed that of the "Banner" models, only a few prototype SJs did not have the Banner. So, again, very cool.
  5. Wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing it with us. As best I know, soldiers did not need permission to bring a musical instrument to the battlefront. I'll research the question. Thanks for asking it!
  6. Lars, great question! I'd also like a copy. I'll ask!
  7. Thanks! It's been a privilege to have the guitar. It's not the SJ I loaned to Dale. I'm fortunate to have 2 Banner SJs. The other is minty and was reinspected by its original inspector. I loaned that one to Dale. On edit: here's the SJ that I loaned to Dale:
  8. Hello, all. Yesterday Guitar, the UK's most popular guitar magazine, posted this story about WWII-era Gibson flattops: Gibson in the 1940s: Kalamazoo Gals and Banner Headstocks. The story features 2, imho, nicely produced videos. The first is of my interview at the old Gibson factory of the last surviving woman, who turned 98 in January, who worked at Gibson during WWII (the producer wisely kept me off camera), (I asked my good friend to play one of my favorites of his compositions on my 1943 SJ for this video): The second is my interview/performance on my went-to-WWII 1943 SJ, recorded at Gibson headquarters in London:
  9. I have copies of the original specification sheets for all of the Banner models (yes, they will appear in the second edition of Kalamazoo Gals ... in a year or two). The specifications for the J-45 and SJ are identical, but for trim. The bracing is the same, the plate thicknesses are the same. Note to 12moreguitars: I'm glad to learn of your recovery and your well-deserved gift to yourself. I've also struggled recently with health issues. Having all the guitars a Gibson lover will ever need, I rewarded myself with a bicycle, instead. 🙂
  10. A beautiful guitar! Congratulations and thanks for sharing it with us. I know your guitar well, having played it a number of times. If I'd had room for another guitar, it would be in my home, not yours! 🙂 Play it in good health.
  11. I'm Gibson's Richlite inspection specialist! No synthetic fingerboard leaves the Bozeman facility unless it has the JT stamp of approval. 🙂
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