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  1. I have a 53 J-45 and a 54 SJ. There is a major change in the bracing in 1955 -- no longer scalloped. IME, the earlier ones are better. The 40s are better yet. Best, -Tom
  2. c. 1923 TB4 I'll check the serial numbers -- they are documented pretty well. Here is my 5-string RB-4 and GB-4 from the same period. They redesigned the whole line in 1925 -- the mastertone. Yours is not too valuable -- the matertones from the 1930s can be very valuable fot bluegrass. From Gruhn and Carter The only serial number data I have ust says 1922-frb 1925 Best, -Tom
  3. I can't see the attachment. If I can see a picture, chances are I can tell you a lot. Best, -Tom
  4. Thanks so much -- I was afraid that might be true. I will add a cut and paste now. All the best, -Tom
  5. I wrote this story on the vintage Gibson FB page. I am trying to share it here because it is largely about old Gibsons. This is a test -- it may well not work. https://www.facebook.com/groups/348092885373223/?multi_permalinks=1797113067137857&notif_id=1624893754628708&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif IT CLEARLY DID NOT WORK -- HERE IS A COPY OF THE POST.
  6. I have a 39. Here is a video demo and a comparison the four other 12-fret 1930s guitars -- Martins 34 00-40H and 30 00-18H AND Gibson 31 L-2, 34 HG-C and 39 HG-00. Best, -Tom
  7. Well this is an area I have thought about a lot -- and as arguably a 50 year acoustic string band musician (mostly bluegrass now, but historically folk revival, old time and traditional mountain styles) and vintage guitar collector, I currently own quite a few iconic power flat tops. As a matter of personal choice, my late wife and I avoid all forms of electrified instruments except when forced by circumstance. I own several banner, late 40s and early 50s J-45s and SJs, and as much as I love them for folk, gospel, blues and ragtime, none of them IME have the kick to adequately perform
  8. Late L-00s had some odd features -- many very similar to Kalamazoo models. The banjo world refers to that period as the floor sweep period -- a lot of stuff created oddly from parts that were lying around. Best, -Tom
  9. 1939 1936 So probably white went to gold sometime between these two guitars. Best, -Tom
  10. I thought this might interest some of you. During the pandemic, I have sometimes visited ZOOM song circles. As many of you know, I have jamulus working for bluegrass and other jamming, but ZOOM circles are basically different. First because of delay issues, you basically have to do solo pieces -- not generally my thing, But hey -- it is a pandemic. You can use any acoustic front end you want, but in this case I just used the same "faithful reproduction" system I have used for more than a decade to demo my vintage guitars. That only tells you the quality of the input but -- ZOOM can
  11. I guess this was the historical turning point. This is a c. 1920 Gibson F-4 -- a "Lloyd Loar" F4. Lloyd Loar famously introduced the adjustable truss rod when he arrived in 1921. At that time, there were a number of inlaid double pot F4 necks already on the bench. Lloyd had them routed and a truss rod installed. Opinions vary whether on balance this was a good idea for those instruments. 😵 Let's pick, -Tom
  12. I have a lot of old Gibsons which I use for other stuff. In a general way, I think of participating in historically different acoustic genres -- a major deciding line for me was sort of the historic traditional genres and the folk revival genre. Many of the former are power genres -- particularly traditional bluegrass but also other traditional string band genres as well. In comparison, the folk revival stuff is usually much milder. Now my late wife and I loved both genres, but for us they were not the same and required different instruments. The 30s Gibsons (and Martins) often had am
  13. OK then. Here is a good demo. First two J-45s -- 44 and 45 -- and a bare finger 67 Martin D-35 to keep it grounded. Here is a 59 LG-1 (also followed by a 46 LG-2 and 42 LG-1) doing the same song. You should be able to hear it. Best, -Tom
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