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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


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  15. Sorry to hijack the thread, but speaking of Don's famous J-45, here it is in a picture I took on June 3, 1968 at a festival near Peterborough, Lincolnshire. Don's musical director John Cameron can be seen playing John Mayall's Hammond organ (Mayall was second on the bill). Harold McNair is on flute and Danny Thompson can be seen over Don's shoulder on double bass
  16. Exactly what I was thinking. Don calls his Ferrington "Kelly", so maybe we should come up with a name for the J-200?
  17. Peter may have played the Strat on one or two songs in 1970 (it actually belonged to Jeremy Spencer, I believe) but he wasn't known as a Strat player per se. He also used a Fender Bass VI on the live extended versions of Rattlesnake Shake etc, but the Les Paul was far and away his main guitar. Also Jeremy's main guitar was a Gibson ES 175
  18. Greenie? I know of only one clip showing Peter Green playing a Strat and that's "Need Your Love So Bad". Even then he was miming to the record which was recorded on his usual guitar, a '59 burst.
  19. I don't know what it is, but put it this way. That guitar has certainly never seen the inside of a Kalamazoo (or Bozeman) factory. Unless they have a Kalamazoo in China.
  20. I managed to download all my pictures from Photobucket before it was too late. If you can still log in, try and download them onto your computer. There is an option to do so.
  21. It doesn't break them down by colour, but the Vintage Guitar site shows the following shipping totals for both Trini Lopez models. As can be seen, the 335 based thinline model far outsold the thick body Custom version
  22. Good call. I did a bit of Googling and although I couldn't find the exact one, the headstock shape is indeed very similar to a generic 60s Framus. We can only wonder what happened to the J-200 leaving it with a cheap German guitar headstock.
  23. I wonder if that's a borrowed sunburst J-45 Ralph is playing in the Folk Cottage pic? He was only a year away from his first LP in 1967 by which time the guitar had been re-finished. In the UK Gibsons were the stuff of dreams in the 60s. Most people couldn't afford them and even if you had the money, they were hard to find, especially outside London. So cheaper brands like Harmony, Hagstrom and Levin were popular. They weren't nearly as good as Gibson or Martin, but they were perfectly serviceable for folk club use. Growing up in the UK in the 60s, I was always amazed and insanely jealous whenever I saw footage of American students on campus. Whenever a guitar appeared it was invariably a Gibson or Martin, something we could only dream of in Britain. It seemed like great guitars were cheap and freely available to 50s/60s kids in America.
  24. The last picture shows Wizz Jones (centre with glasses) playing an Epiphone Texan. As I've mentioned several times in this thread Wizz still uses Texans, although he favours natural finish examples these days. The picture was taken in 1967 at the Folk Cottage, a famous folk club in Cornwall http://kernowbeat.co.uk/folkcottage.html
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