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  1. I recently enquired about buying a 60s Gibson J-45 from Norm's Rare Guitars in LA (I live in Australia). In reply I received a one line email from Norm himself: "Unfortunately, I cannot ship rosewood out of the country".
  2. As you say, the unions in China are not like the unions in America, which was exactly my point, although perhaps I didn't express it as clearly as that. When I saw the "union made" label inside my 1964 Epiphone Texan, it conjured up an image of proud, well-paid American craftsmen creating top quality instruments which would be cherished for a lifetime. That's not the mental image I get when I think of factories in China and the far east.
  3. Yes, but soul-destroying sweatshop labour and a job for life is not the same thing as basic human rights and decent working conditions. The suicide nets around the Apple iPhone factory to stop over-worked and stressed employees leaping to their deaths is evidence of that.
  4. "Union Made". I wonder if they even have unions in China? Probably not. Our demand for cheap goods has made sure of that. After 53 years, all I can say is I'm so glad no one tried to remove this label
  5. Don't do it! The label is very much part of the guitar's originality. Every time I've bought a second-hand Gibson missing the sound-hole label I've felt like it's incomplete. Although I see you've already swapped out the pickguard, so....
  6. It's almost certainly not a real Gibson but a counterfeit/copy of some kind.
  7. Clunky looking bridge? It's just a regular J-45 bridge as far as I can see. Or am I missing something?
  8. mojoworking

    NGD

    The plastic bridge on my '64 Texan is showing some lift at the back (about enough to slide a piece of paper under) but I'm confident in the knowledge that it ain't going anywhere thanks to those bolts.
  9. mojoworking

    NGD

    And, as if by magic, here is a close-up of the underside of a 60s Gibson plastic bridge to illustrate what you describe
  10. mojoworking

    NGD

    Yes, I did say something like that. But a couple of things are holding me back: 1) Equipment. I'm not sure how to do it and up-load it here. I only have an iPhone 2) Stage fright. I'd hate to make an *** of myself
  11. mojoworking

    NGD

    Funny you should mention the black plastic bridge pins. My '64 J45 which I posted here recently also had the plastic bridge and black pins, so I'm guessing they are original for the period. Nice guitar, very similar fading colour to mine
  12. Nice guitar. The serial number corresponds to a 1968 model. The Gibson catalogue you picture there is also from 1968-70 And yes, it's a real Gibson
  13. I've got a few, but this is the best
  14. Replacing the Kluson factory tuners with Grovers (or Schallers) was something nearly everyone did back then, for better or worse (usually worse). I recently put back the white button Klusons on my 1964 Epi Texan, after replacing them with Grovers 40 years ago. It seemed cool at the time. Another thing many people did back then was to rip out the neck pick-up on their Telecasters and stick in a Humbucker. I did it to my 1971 Tele, much to my regret years later.
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