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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Lars, great question! I'd also like a copy. I'll ask!
  4. 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:
  5. 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:
  6. 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. πŸ™‚
  7. 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! πŸ™‚ Play it in good health.
  8. I'm Gibson's Richlite inspection specialist! No synthetic fingerboard leaves the Bozeman facility unless it has the JT stamp of approval. πŸ™‚
  9. Ooh. Please keep us posted. What Martin model? I think that Martin is making wonderful guitars these days.
  10. You're welcome. πŸ™‚ Those Banner LG-1s are gems, aren't they? One of the rarest Gibsons ever (only 139 ever shipped) and still affordable. Please keep us posted on the 1952 J-45!
  11. Great stuff, as always, Tom! Thanks for sharing with us.
  12. I’m the luddite here. I love vintage guitars as guitars, but also as investment possibilities. My play in the market has been modest, and very focused. About two years ago, I sold about a dozen guitars, all vintage, mostly Gibsons. The sold guitars included the full L series: L-00, L-0, L-1, L-2, and L-C. My collection had swelled to about 2 dozen guitars. My goal was always to acquire instruments that I would love to play, but which also would likely appreciate. My plan was to collect, play, and share guitars, until the point when I could sell a number of them, and from the profit (less capital gains taxes), cover the purchase price of whatever guitars remained. It worked. I ended up with about a dozen free guitars. (OK, there were opportunity costs for which to account, but the opportunities were limited because at the time, vintage guitars were a good investment). It was fun sending guitars on to their new caretakers. So, again, I’ve got about a dozen guitars left. I have difficulty keeping count because I loan guitars for long periods to others. Since December, Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) and Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) have had a couple of my Banner flattops to use in a project on which we three are workings. OK, to paraphrase Tom, off to do some picking.
  13. Lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us. Here's my own Father's Day performance, and what I contend is the world's ugliest but best sounding Nick Lucas. 1929, first year for the big body version.
  14. A few vintage J-200s I have played have had good volume, but most post 1955 versions I've played live up to their reputations as "whispering giants."
  15. Lovely, Lars. Thanks for sharing this with us.
  16. Thanks, Tom, for sharing this and for all you and your wife have given to the acoustic music community. We in this community will forever be in debt to you. I love that the tune played on most of the demos is "Big Sciota," a tune from the stellar album, "Skip, Hop, and Wobble," in which Russ Barenberg plays all of the guitar parts on a laminated maple back and sides Banner J-45. It's one of the best albums of acoustic music ever released. If you don't have it, you all know what to do. Anyway ... I love, Tom, how you contextualize, with beautifully gentle suggestions, in your suggestions of which guitars serve the music in which circumstances. So often we of lesser knowledge and experience (and I put myself front and center among the musically naive) ask for the perfect guitar. You always educate us by asking, "What type of music and in what context." Thank you, again, for sharing your knowledge, experience, and instruments.
  17. Thank you, Tom!
  18. jt

    1942 LG1 Tuners

    Yes, it's still with Jennifer Nettles. We're working on a project that I cannot disclose. I've still got my minty 1943/44 SJ, so all is OK. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the offer, though. I miss my LG-1!
  19. Yes! The Gals told me about this. I was again in the building in December with the last surviving Gal (she's now 96). She told me, "This is just like I remember it: freezing cold!"
  20. This story has and continues to touch me. 225 Parsons Street really has changed my life. You referenced the truss rod. Just this morning, I received this email message: " I am the 2nd great grandson of Thaddeus Joseph McHugh; truss rod inventor, and man of many hats throughout his career at Gibson Guitar Company. " (Yes, I have followed up with this person). This sort of thing happens to me all the time.
  21. Dave, I'm not sure. As best I know, no major pieces of equipment went to Bozeman. It's certainly possible that I'm wrong. As my now-grown kids say to this day, when in doubt, bet against dad. πŸ™‚ I suspect that Bozeman got some molds and tools. I've spent time in at 225 Parsons with folks who know old equipment and they've identified saws, sanders, etc. from the 1920s thorough the 1980s. Certainly not much has been moved.
  22. Thanks, folks! It was great fun hanging in the factory to record this. I'll keep folks posted on the renovation project.
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