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Everything posted by wintermoon

  1. assuming it's 100% original, probably around 7-8K
  2. no sound post but it could have been a brace.
  3. 20's models w/original dot inlay boards will be most valuable, followed by block inlay 16" wide models, then 17" models. post Loar dot inlaid models start around 20K and can top 30K. block inlay 16" models run from 9-15K 17" models from the 30s on run around 7-10K w/ natural finish bringing more
  4. have you checked inside w/an inspection mirror? might reveal something...
  5. Jim, How can you tell if it's a hinged t.p, did you blow up the image size? it does appear to have the prewar engraving, hard to tell. From what I can see it has the larger post '36 F-holes, straight pre '48 script logo in the newspaper pic shots. the last pic w/the headstock cropped looks like it has the modern post '47 logo, I think I can barely make out the moder 'G' which is close to the split diamond inlay, whereas the pre '48 logo sits higher up and horizontally on the headstock I'm pretty certain the neck was changed sometime between when the photos were taken as the necks have diff
  6. all of the high end Gibsons w/carved backs have always been bookmatched
  7. "so I know this is a long shot" more than a long shot, harder than finding a needle in a haystack. but good luck anyway....
  8. it's a mid 30's L-00 your info is correct
  9. buy it and sell the one w/replaced pickups and repaired headstock. then you'll have a P-90 guitar and a humbucker guitar.
  10. Hello, The guy that used to own your Super 400 wants to buy it back. I sent you a private message w/his email address good luck
  11. while not a for sure thing, the yellowed binding is a decent indicator. of course an old refinish might have yellowed binding, but as Jim point out, evrything looks pretty righteous.
  12. Jim is right on. there are reasons '59 Gibsons are so revered and command higher prices than slightly later models. most players prefer the mid '59-mid '60 necks because they're shaped right in between a fat '58-early '59 neck and a thin mid '60-'61 shape. not everyone prefers that shape, but the majority of people do. also, many feel the late 50's PAF's are a bit better sounding that the early 60's PAF's.. the vast majority of '61 humbucker equipped Gibsons still have labeled PAF's, in '62 you'll begin to see either 2 PAF's or a combination of labeled PAF's or patent number, or a
  13. first of all, what Jim said. second of all, be glad he kicked out a few extra bucks to get a 335 as opposed to a 330. muuuuch more desireable [and of course valuable] thing looks in superb condition, congrats and be sure to thank him again.
  14. the truss rod cover is a replacement as well. maybe the guitar went back to Gibson @ some point for some work.
  15. no, the cutaway acoustic model was originally called a 'Premier' from inception in 1939 until 1948, then it was renamed L-5C, 'C' for cutaway. but Gibson would sometimes leave the 'C' off, depending on who was writing the label info. so you'll see some guitars simple labeled L-5 like yours. again, 'custom' means nothing here. and yes the tortise guards usually had a black or tortise riser under the guard.
  16. by the time this guitar was made, Gibson was screwing their standard tortise type plastic guards w/a Phillips screw into the top. and yes, they were probably using old stock McCarty gurads occasionally. btw, 'custom' doesn't mean anything on L-5's and Super 400's. and after the 1930's they were all 25.5" scale length.
  17. I saw that, what a butcher job. yeah they're rare as hen's teeth but I never really understood the alure of Gobel L-5's. Short scale thin body, not for me....
  18. p.s. I sent you a private message...
  19. absolutely beautiful pair in great condition, as nice as they come. wish I had a relative w/a set that nice [or any condition for that matter] is the case black w/ a red stripe around the lid?
  20. congrats, that's a nice set to have. I'm assuming the guitar has a Charlie Christian bar pickup @ the base of the neck and the input jack is located in the tailpiece. the guitar would have a different pickup located near the bridge in late 1940/'41 does it have a tweed striped case that matches the amp? the guitar can be tested, wouldn't be a bad idea to have a local reputable guitar tech check out the electronics, and set it up for playing, but I'd have a reputable local amp tech look @ the amp before turning it on as you can damage it if it needs repair. post some pics here if you
  21. it still sounds a bit high to me. the guitar would have originally come w/ a black case w/yellow/orange lining, not a cheap cardboard case--that's a slight negative. w/the pickup I'd say $4500 is about the max for that guitar
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