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About ryanfender

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  1. The guitar looks legit but I think the bridge is a replacement. The saddle looks awfully close to the inlay. The shaping also doesn't look like factory work to me. I have never seen ribbon inlay in front of the saddle. 4 ribbon ones are common but between the saddle and bridge pins not in front.
  2. I owned a 57 LG-1 until very recently. I really liked it but it lacked a bit of warmth. I just wasn't playing it so I traded it for a Swart Atomic Space Tone guitar amp. It gets used a lot more. That being said, I do have a soft spot for LG-1.
  3. Gibson didn't start manufacturing in Bozeman, MT in 1989. Look for one newer than 1989.
  4. They still make square shoulder dreads like the Hummingbird, Dove, Doves in Flight. These models have always been square shouldered. The Hummingbird was introduced in 1961 or 1962, I think. However, in the 1970s Gibson transitioned all their acoustic production to square shoulders. The J-45, Southern Jumbo, Advanced Jumbo were historically accurate as round shoulder dreads. The posts about the square shoulders in this thread are not necessarily a negative review of square shoulders, its more about construction methods, quality, bracing, and cost cutting methods Gibson used in the 1970s and early 1980s when Norlin owned the company. This guitar you are looking at is not a guitar from the 1990s, simply put. Run away from this.
  5. If its a Gibson, its a 70s J-45. I do think its a Gibson with a poor sunburst refinish and an incorrect bridge. The tuners were common on 70s Gibson and the square shouldered body is a 70s Gibson thing for the J-45. Gibson does not and did not produce sunburst finishes like that. At that price, in my opinion its way way overpriced even assuming its a real Gibson. I am not an expert on 70s Gibson's so take that for what its worth.
  6. Yes, its too high given the uncertainty. The seller obviously thinks it has less work done to it then we do. If he is right (I don't think he is) it priced ok. If we are right, its overpriced.
  7. Hmmmm.... I didn't see the lamination. That is strange. Gibson went to the block logo in 1948. Maybe its just lighting but look between the truss rod cover and the nut in the pic of the front of the headstock. Is that finish touchup and/or grafting. However, the lamination looks like it runs the length of the neck. So maybe its a 1948 to 1949 or 50 LG-2 with a bunch of restoration work in the 1960s. New fretboard, pickguard, maybe a refin too. However, that doesn't explain the old imprints of the 50s Klusons. Maybe the evidence of closed back Klusons were interim tuners installed during the 1960s restoration work? The tuners in the pics look like 40s repros. When did Gibson stop using neck laminations> Late 40s, early 50s?
  8. With 20 frets, its a 1955 to 1960 LG-2. It has the wrong tuners, I can see the outline of the old 3 on-a-plate late 50s Kluson. It appears there is a headstock crack along the treble side of the headstock. There is some odd number stamped into the back of the stock that is incorrect for 1950s but also doesn't fit the convention of a 1960s serial number. The FON on the neckblock would tell a lot. However, its not a 1940s guitar. Its after 1955 for sure. The pickguard looks really thick so if its original the guitar is probably a really late 50s to early 60s example. The pearl dots on the bridge go away in 1961.
  9. Could also be a j-30. I believe one year had the banner headstock and can be easily confused with a j-45. The j- 30 is a much cheaper guitar.
  10. You won't need to resize the holes. Just purchase conversion bushings to match your current holes size and tuner post size from StewMac. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Tuner_parts/3_8_Conversion_Tuner_Bushing.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=583 http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Tuner_parts/10_5mm_Round_Conversion_Bushings.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=583
  11. No, I think they look fine. The tuning and feeling is much better than the Gibson Deluxe Klusons. Upon looking at Grover's website I like you are probably right. Gibson is contracting with Grover to build the "Gibson Deluxe" tuners. The TonePros Klusons look like nice tuners although they don't use the screw in type of bushing. The fact that Gibson specs the TV series with Gotoh's and not their own "Gibson Deluxe" tuners is telling.
  12. The TV series uses Gotoh Kluson tuners. They don't use the "Gibson Deluxe" tuners. They look similar but they are different tuners. See my pictures in the thread. The Gotohs are better quality. But you are right, it says they are Gotohs. Its just that the "Gibson Deluxe" tuners are not made by Gotoh. I think TonePros might make them now.
  13. Nope, they are a different design.
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