Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


L5Larry last won the day on October 31 2011

L5Larry had the most liked content!


204 Good

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    St. Louis, Missouri

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. If you're building a FAKE Gibson, just exactly why are you asking for advise on the official Gibson website?
  2. There's a "Catch 22" here. To produce high wattage (in a tube amp) requires a large heavy transformer, and for speakers to handle that power requires large heavy magnets. That's were the weight of a 100+ watt combo tube amp comes from. The only difference in weight of a high power 212 vs a 210 is basically a little bit of cabinet wood.
  3. I know the hard case versus gig bag debate will rage on forever, but I made a recent observation that I found pretty interesting. I do work here in my hometown for an organization called "Jazz St. Louis". On the main floor "storefront" they have a nightclub/restaurant presenting mostly national and international jazz artists, but also local professional musicians and student groups (high school and college/university). Upstairs they have an "education" department that includes a recording studio, class rooms, rehearsal rooms and a music library. Yesterday was a long day on the job as I had an afternoon rehearsal upstairs, and was then behind the soundboard for a benefit concert in the club in the evening, presenting five different local jazz bands, to benefit the education department in honor of the late founder of MaxJazz Records. During the day I saw no less than 9 guitar/electric bass players come and go, both student and professional. EVERY single instrument was being carried in a backpack strap gig bag. Not a hard case in sight. It's not like I was counting, or even consciously paying attention, but sometime during the night it just hit me. Just reporting an observation.
  4. I owned a 1964 Firebird for 20 years ('75-'95). My other guitars at the time were a Strat and an LP, so the Firebird was WAY different in sound, feel and looks. I was into Johnny Winter and Dave Mason at the time, so I had to have one. Man that thing was LONG, point-to-point they are longer than a P-Bass. At that time I probably wasn't good enough, or smart enough, to be bothered by the ergonomics compared to the Strat and LP. All I knew was I looked REALLY COOL playing that guitar. The Firebird never did displace the LP as my #1 Rock & Roll Gibson, and I think what eventually soured me on the guitar (and it took almost 20 years), was the neck dive and thin sound of the mini-humbuckers, not really just it's shape and size. At the time I finally sold it, it was setup specifically for open tuning slide.... and then I realized I sucked at playing slide.
  5. The guitar looks to be a "Standard", not a Custom, and with that flame-top, it also does NOT look like anything I ever saw in 1976, or from that era. I never saw anything but plain-tops during that time. A set of detailed photos, including the back of the full headstock, and a closeup or the serial number area, should tell the tale.
  6. There are a bunch of "banjophile" websites out there, just like the guitar sites. Older Gibson banjo numbers are pretty well documented. Here's one site that shows the 4-2522 number to be from 1954, although the "157" is not specifically listed. http://banjophiles.com/SerNumData/BowtieEraGibsons.htm Further internet research should yield all the answers you're looking for.
  7. Ah, so it is designated a "P".......SCHWEEEEEET! I love to get my greasy little paws on that guitar. What strings are you using on it? EDIT: Is that a Nashville or Bozeman built guitar?
  8. I would use and external tooth lock washer on the inside, just under the wood. http://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Hillman-Group-4-Stainless-Steel-External-Tooth-Lock-Washer-70-Pack-43798/204794826 I like my jacks to be flush with the wood on the outside, so this lock washer on the inside would be in conjunction with a clinch-nut and/or flat washer. Then you have to be able to tighten it all up without twisting off the wires. I use a pair of large curved jaw hemostats for this by grabbing the base of the tip spring contact, either through the f-hole, or through the plug hole itself. Tighten outside nut securely (nut driver, or open-end wrench depending on where the clamp is), but not too tight.
  9. Wow, I'm not sure I ever knew yours was an acoustic L-5C. My "acoustic" archtop is the L-7 that you made the bridge for, thanks again. My DREAM acoustic archtop would be a 1948 L-5P.
  10. Yep, also caught it last night. The host was fantastic. I had no idea who he was (still don't), but even my wife's interest was held by the script and the way it was presented. I made the comment that this guy was obviously not just another talking head, and clearly knew the technical and musical aspects of what he was explaining. Just enough tech info for me, just enough musical info for her. Highly recommended viewing. As a companion read, you should check out Geoff Emerick's book; "Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles". He was George Martin's recording engineer at EMI for the Beatles from about "Rubber Soul" on.
  11. On the Northern trek, if you cross the Mississippi River at, or around, St. Louis, you're in my neighborhood. If you cross further South, but head North on I-55, you may still skim my area (Southwest of St. Louis city proper). The least I could do is buy you lunch. If you wanted to take a couple of hours for a "whirlwind" tour, there's plenty to do and see catered to your specific interests (art, architecture, history, science and technology, zoology, sports, music...). St. Louis to Kansas City is a four hour drive straight over I-70.
  12. I did the exact same thing years ago, but had to re-machine the keyed slot in the buttons to fit the tuner shafts of the unidentifiable "Gibson" branded tuners. Probably the Imperial/Metric thing. I hope yours were a direct replacement, as the mod was very tedious and time consuming. I then took it one step further with a "vintage" style TRC: After making many contacts with custom luthiers, Gibson and Gibson warranty dealers, to no avail, I had to hand carve my own bridge from a chunk of ebony I got from a violin maker friend. It took two trys to get it just right, as I first ASSUMED copying a 40's Gibson bridge would then intonate properly,..... WRONG.
  13. Yes, it's very easy. There are two foolproof ways. 1. Make a pencil rubbing like you did in grade school: Take a thin sheet of white paper. Hold it tightly in place over the SN area. Get a wooden pencil with a lot of lead showing. Rub the side of the pencil lead across the area with medium pressure to reveal the number. 2. Take a penlight type flashlight and shine it at a very shallow angle across the SN area from the side. This will create a shadow area in the indentations. Shining from a few different angles and sides may be necessary. Other information: From the photos posted - I see no evidence of refinishing, and the shallow serial number is not definitive evidence of such. Sometimes the numbers just don't get impressed very deeply. One you get the full and correct serial number, it still will most likely NOT help you put a mfg date to the guitar. Gibson SN's of this era have no rhyme or reason, nor is there a sequential "list", only approximates. Make sure to look for a 6th digit to the serial number. A 5-digit SN puts it an even darker gray area of dates. In any, and all, cases above, the accepted way to put a mfg date to Gibsons of this era has become the potentiometer codes. The pots will have a 7-digit code number on the back usually starting with "137". The following 4-digits are the date code for the manufacture of the potentiometers. It is generally accepted that the guitar was made within 6 months after this date. The mfg/date code is read as follows: MfgYyWw Mfg = Manufufacturer. "137" is CTS Corp. Yy = the last 2-digits of the year of made. Ww = The week of that year, 01-52. Let us know what you find out.
  14. Buc, You're hitting WAY too close to home now. I spent the year of 1981 living/working in Waxahachie, and partying in Dallas. In 1980 I was working in Tyler, TX. There is certainly something to say about "Texas Girls", but... The video of this song didn't show your usual "light touch". I'm sure this is something you'll have worked out before the open mic night.
  15. Here's one I'll be playing with the Big Band next week:
  • Create New...