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  1. Thanks for considering with me. A number of times I've poured through the guitarhq stuff until fatigue set in. From that, it seems this instrument could be anywhere between 1969 and 1972ish. In the '61--'69 section, I note the repeating cycle of: 3201xx = 1967 3207xx = 1965 420xxx = 1966 520xxx = 1968 820xxx = 1966 or '69 (really?) Despite the chaotic numbering (non-order), it's hard to believe there wouldn't be a 620xxx in there somewhere. Then, the system changes in 1970+, reiterates the 6xxxxx system, and indicates all of these absolutely have the 'Made in USA' stamp. The absence of a label/stamp inside doesn't help. Anyway, I changed the 30 year old strings which made it bright/new again, and I'm enjoying the process of learning to play it. Chord changes and scales are a bit slow or broken-up. For sure, repetition is the mother of accomplishment.
  2. Confirmed measurement over the weekend: Lower bout is: 14.125" (ie: 14-1/8). So, it's a B20N or B25N. (3/4 sized, not a Jumbo). Could have saved myself a lot of questioning, with only that clarification. But, I'm still perplexed about the serial number (which does not appear publicized). How does it point to the '70s?
  3. Greetings, I've uploaded photos to my other 'bucket'... Location of photos As noted in my introduction, I've acquired a 1969 Gibson J-50, and tried to learn all I can about it. Sorting through much disinformation, I've been unable to find the serial number. But, the instrument came with provenance including the original case and the sweet aroma of aging under a bed for 40+ years. The original owner also handed down a Framus electric w/ original receipt written in German, circa 1965. It's likely he purchased this upon return home from his military assignments. It appears in 100% original condition, and has features both expected and unexpected: 1969 Gibson xxJ-50xx (correction: 1969 Gibson B25N) Top: Blonde spruce (width of lower-bout: 14-1/8") Shoulder: Round/sloped Ser#: 620920, stamped “Made in U.S.A.”, stamped Volute: Yes Head angle: 14 degrees Tuners: Gibson Deluxe, original Logo: Gold Gibson, post-war silk-screen Nut width: 1-5/8" (1.590" w/ dial caliper) Neck: 24.75", 20 frets Top-Bracing: Double X Bridge: Rosewood, non-adjustable (original) Bridge-backing-plate: (impossible to tell, fully boxed between x-bracing) Bridge-pins: Original Label: None - No evidence there ever was one. The neck-block is skirted by blue (wax?) pen markings, in the shape of a 'line' above and a “D” below. Pick-plate: 0.025" ‘teardrop’ celluloid (original) Hard-case: high-end, gold-lining, pre-‘70, all-original, Allegro Music, “in the Freemont Hub” (still in business) Owner’s Manual: Original w/ warranty card Finish: Original, confirmed by black-light photos (pending upload) Paper label: None No description of another like it has appeared anywhere. What perplexes me are the old celluloid pick-plate, non-adjustable bridge, and absence of a paper label, all atypical of the genre. Some suggest one/both have likely been replaced. But, that doesn't seem possible with this particular guitar. Little doubt, it is one of the last round-shouldered J-50's from early 1969, and it may have been built including a few old parts in stock at Kalamazoo. Possibly, it was special-ordered, specifically with these features. I called Allegro Music: old paper sales records are no longer available. Can anyone confirm the serial# is appropriate?
  4. Very encouraging, Sal, As a newbie here, your song/thread begged me to join and share. As noted in my introductory post, my 2016 resolution is to play "Juliet 50" all the way through. Perhaps it's a bit enthusiastic. Anyway, it's a great song and you should perform it without reservation. Always thought the best songs are parabolic in meaning, and this one has all of that.
  5. Reminiscent of the classic from John Bunyan

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