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L5Larry

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  1. Never seen or played one in person, but I can tell you this model appeared in catalogs as early as '74/75. There is also another L-5 based premium archtop from Gibson, the LeGrand. I would highly doubt that Thomann (or Gibson, for that matter) would actually have any of these guitars in stock, as the these premium high-end Gibsons have always been made to order. Neither Gibson or Thomann would keep stock of $25,000 guitars.
  2. As you probably know, the Gibson 6-digit serial numbers from the 60's/early 70's are a mess. The 0XX,XXX numbers were listed as being used in 1967 and 1973. The "Made In USA" dates it to 1970 or later (so eliminate 1967). You don't state the model or description, so there is no way to tell if your model was in production during that period. The pot number you give is the "spec" number (500k ohms, audio taper) not the mfg/date code. You're looking for a seven-digit number (no letters), most likely starting with "137". The last four digits are what's important. Find the pot date codes, post a detailed description of model/finish/hardware, add a few good pics, and we should be able to confirm some good info for you.
  3. It's a nice story and family "legend", and I'm sure the guitar was very sentimental to your grandfather, but..... that's most likely where the story ends. About the only way to prove any provenance of this guitar is through a published photograph or video. IF.... you can find a photo (or video) of Johnny Cash playing a guitar that can be clearly and positively identified as the guitar in your possession, then you might have some "proof" to the story. Even then, the only celebrity owned instruments that have any real "added" value, or historical importance, are the ones they were known to play regularly. I don't remember ever seeing anything with Johnny playing a guitar with a P-90. Similarly with the song, unless there is a "special thanks" or something published in the liner notes of the album of which the songs appears, or some biographical text, well.... same thing, good story to tell in a bar. Without some sort of official documentation, I'm afraid your family story will be staying in the family. But.... we would love to see photos of the guitar!
  4. Glad it worked out for you! I've been using the Super Glue/Baking Soda trick for years.
  5. I'm a huge fan of the ES-320. I played two different ones at various times. Although I didn't own the guitar, I had a cherry sunburst ES-320 in my possession from about 1979 through 1981. It was the first ES-3xx thinline I had ever spent any quality time with. I used a it extensively for studio work during that period. Sometime around '80 or '81 I bought a 335 and eventually gave the 320 back to it's owner, who promptly traded it off for a bunch of pedals or something. It wasn't long before I realized the virtues of the 320 and wished I had kept it. I give a search on e-bay every now and then for one, but have been selling off guitars in the last few years, not buying them. Here's an old photo from that era (with the 320), my imaginary rock star days.
  6. If you don't find the PG you're looking for....... You can have an "e" made at any sign shop. From a photo, with a couple of dimensions, they can CNC cut a piece of metallic adhesive backed sign vinyl. Peel & Stick and your good to go.
  7. You might be surprised how much fun it is to sit around and fingerpick on the nylon stringed classical type guitar. I hadn't had one in about 35 or 40 years and ran across an inexpensive Alvarez. I've had a blast playing it and are always looking for excuses to work it into concert performances. I would say enjoy that guitar for what it is. As you mention in the OP, converting it to steel strings is such a major structural project, by the time you get done, the guitar will have lost any and all of it's original characteristics. When I was 12 or 13 I just strung up the family classical with Slinkys. You should have seen what happened to that guitar over a very short period on time.
  8. The logo embossed pickups were used from late-70 through early-73. This is not a unique 1972 specific feature.
  9. I never remember seeing lefties listed as a catalog or "dealer price list" item, although lefties of many models came out of the factory through the years. Also, the published shipping records I have from the time make no designation or breakout of left handed units. As rare as lefties are, and even rarer "for sale", I would not limit your search to any specific year. Another issue you're up against is the mess that is Gibson's serial numbers of that era. Verifying ANY Gibson guitar to have been unquestionably manufactured in 1972 is no small task in itself. Between 1971 and 1974 some 12,000 335's were "shipped". Some of them had to be lefties. I think your narrowest reasonable search would be for a "70's lefty 335 with a six-digit serial number".
  10. Yes, but...... If that's the case, the "Made In USA" shouldn't be there either. The mystery here is why one and not the other on the headstock.
  11. The guitar pictured is an "SG Standard". This style SG was reintroduced around 1973. The 1XX,XXX serial number suggests a mfg date of 73, 74, or early 75. The only way to narrow it down any further is by opening up the control cavity a looking for the potentiometer codes. The code number on the back of the pots give the date the pots were made. This will give you a date for which the guitar could NOT have been made prior to, and assumes a general time frame of assembly. You're looking for what is generally a 7-digit number starting with "137". Post the number(s) here, and someone will explain how to interpret it.
  12. Yes, "S" is the letter date code for 1959.
  13. A couple of things at work here. First, in the case of the passenger.....ADRENALIN!!!. The pilot pulled the loop-d-loop as a surprise maneuver. We'd done a few barrel rolls and wing stands, and the pilot said "I've got one for you". As he pulled the nose straight up I suspected he was going to do a vertical stall, roll it over, and head straight for the ground. Nope.... he just kept flying the arc. Anyway, the science of not falling out of the plane (yes, you are in a 4-point harness) is that the forward motion is creating "G-Force" against the back of the seat, and the looping motion is creating "centrifugal force" against the bottom of the seat. I mentioned to the pilot that I was glad I had my harness cinched up tight, and he said he had done that maneuver after forgetting to fasten his harness.
  14. The serial number is in the format of a standard production model, built in 2016. All production model ES-3XX guitars are built in Memphis, and have been for 10 or 15 years. There was a time when "Historic Series" and "Limited Edition" 3XX's were built in the Nashville Custom Shop, and standard production models were built in Memphis. To the best of my knowledge, ALL 3XX's are now built in Memphis.
  15. There is not a question in your post, so I'll assume you're looking to verify the birthplace of your guitar. First, what is the serial number? Second, what does the paper label in the guitar say, "Gibson Memphis", or "Gibson Nashville"? Third, photos usually help, and are always fun and interesting.
  16. Wow, the Concorde, the Goodyear blimp, and the trip home from Vietnam... aw inspiring flights, all. There two modes of air travel of which I would like to experience, helicopter and hot air balloon. One other, which my wife had experienced but I hadn't, is open cockpit flight. A few years ago she arranged a surprise biplane ride for me. After a short discussion with the owner/pilot about what kind of plane ride I wanted, he said, OK, I've got it, an adrenaline junkie." From a Go-Pro mounted on the wing strut, here's my favorite photo, and favorite part, of the flight.
  17. The 1976 Bicentennial Firebird was NOT any sort of "Limited Edition" or special run, it was simply the one and only production model of the time. The serial number decal, as shown in the picture, is correct for the era, date and model.
  18. The "00" serial number prefix is a date code for 1976. The serial number "decal" and two digit prefix date code was used for 1975 (99), 76 (00), 77 (06). This is fully documented, indisputable fact. Now the chrome/nickel hardware IS odd. Chrome hardware on a LP Custom was NOT a "factory" option in the U.S. at that time, as gold hardware was one of the defining traits of the Custom. I have no idea what they might have offered for the European market.
  19. I'll make a long story REALLY short. Just after takeoff in a small Cessna, the pilot spoke these words; "hold on boys, we're going in!" Pilot was able to put the plane down, UPRIGHT, in a soy bean field. The worst part was having to push the plane out of the beans.
  20. He's denoting the octave of the tone as it lays on the piano, with middle "C" being zero (0). A2 would be the second "A" above middle "C", etc. Below middle "C" is labelled as minus (-).
  21. Post #14 jdgm asked me to chime in on this one (I think) in post #15. He posts some good info there, but let me try to simplify this from an applied practicality standpoint. I would simply call the chord as fingered in the quote above a "D/G". A "D" triad (D, F#, A) played over a lower "G". Again, the name alone does not help with the voicing/fingering as shown. To write this (formal or informal) for someone else to play, you would have to include a chord fingering block, TAB diagram or note stack on staff. As for a bass note under this chord, I would try "D" or "F#" and see which fits better in the progression.
  22. Ah, the "Amie" chord. This is the last chord to the Pure Prairie League song "Amie", and the first chord to the Youngbloods song "Get Together". The chord produced by these notes (with the low open E or not) would most often be called "Aadd9" (as jdgm stated above), or in jazz notation might be called an "A9(no 7th)". Neither of these names tell you where or how to play it, and in the case of the "Amie chord" this is VERY important. In TAB the fingering would be shown (of course), and in standard music notation there would be mouse poop stacked on treble clef staff lines. "maj9" would imply the inclusion of the "maj7" (sharp 7th) tone, which in the case of the key of "A" is a G#. The notes as listed in the OP does not contain the G#. The notes produced by the listed fingering, (Low-High) A®, C#(3rd), B(9th), E(5th). In this case, we have the standard R-3-5 "major" chord, with the 9th added.
  23. Since I saw Clapton a couple times in concert during this period, it got me on the Google trail, especially the mention of George Terry. Here's an interview I found from that same era: http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/rs-200-eric-clapton/
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