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  1. Yes, a J200 with an aftermarket Fishman pick-up
  2. Thanks Jeff, I'll look into that. Someone suggested the lack of "Made in USA" on the back of the headstock could mean the guitar was made for the Japanese market. As I said, there was evidence the guitar had spent time in Japan, judging by the items in the case. I was hoping the Gibson factory could tell me where the guitar had been originally shipped, or at least clarify the exact model run.
  3. Thanks. I think they transposed or messed up a couple of lines there. I'm sure it should read Top: Sitka spruce Back & sides: Mahogany Bracing: Traditional Hand Scalloped X-bracing
  4. Thanks Bob. I wrote to Gibson, hoping they could tell me where the guitar was originally shipped and/or how it was marketed, like a special run for a store etc. Andrew at Gibson Customer Service very kindly replied with a spec sheet, but it didn't really tell me much I didn't already know. This is what he sent me: · Series: Limited Edition · Body Style: Round Shoulder · Mahogany: Top · Bracing: Sitka spruce , Traditional Hand Scalloped X-bracing · Neck Profile: Round Profile · Neck: Mahogany · Neck width: 1.725’’ · Neckjoint: Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body · Fingerboard: Rosewood · Scale length: Short · Number of frets: 20 · Nut: Bone · Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl dot · Binding: Multiply top Single-ply Back · Bridge: Rosewood belly up, adjustable saddle · Tuners: Grover · Strap: Cream Button · Plating: Nickel · Electronics: None · Pickup: None · Case: Black Gibson Hardshell
  5. I recently picked up this J45 ADJ. From the serial number it's a 2013 model, but other than that I can find no info about it. The store had no idea either. Here's the specs: It's a Custom Shop guitar with no electronics It has a regular 8 digit serial number, not a Custom Shop number No "made in USA" on the headstock Cherry red finish with adjustable bridge and large pickguard (ie 60s appointments) "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" banner logo (ie 40s headstock) I've searched the internet but found nothing. Any ideas? Was this a special order? The guitar seems to have spent time in Japan as some of the products in the case have Japanese writing.
  6. 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".
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. "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
  10. 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....
  11. It's almost certainly not a real Gibson but a counterfeit/copy of some kind.
  12. Clunky looking bridge? It's just a regular J-45 bridge as far as I can see. Or am I missing something?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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