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  1. Here's a real one ("Regular" model, as opposed to "Custom" model). Look carefully at every detail.
  2. That is not a Gibson, it's a copy. And with a Gibson label (and headstock logo?... I can't see it very clearly in your photo), I would call it a fake. Dirty business here. If you bought it thinking it was a Gibson, you really need to educate yourself before buying any more Gibsons. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but this one is really obvious. A bolt-on neck (!) is the most obvious red flag, but if you know Gibsons and if you know how this Gibson model is supposed to look, nothing on this guitar is "right".
  3. Nothing up to 9999 9 would really shock me. Gibson's numbering systems were anything but consistent and perfect. Also, I've seen plenty of cases where employees forgot their coffee. 😉 I was actually hoping to see a photo of the whole guitar, to see the logo, the pickup, the control knobs, etc etc, but again, I think you're practically there when it comes to dating it. Hope it's a fine player!
  4. It would be best if you could post some photos (or at least one photo) of the guitar. You're right about the probability of 1951 for that FON, especially with the space between the 4th and 5th digit (and if the number is stamped inside the back of the body)... but since 125's were produced for many years beyond that, I'm wondering whether we might possibly be dealing with a serial number here, and not a FON. I'm just basing that on helping inexperienced folks here over the years, but you seem to have done your homework, so 1951 seems likely in this case.
  5. I think you are correct that it is an EH-500 Skylark. The serial number suggests 1961 (first digit being a "1"). The control knobs and the tolex case also seem right for 1961. As far as the value, I would search for comparable items on ebay, Reverb.com, and Gbase. I would also browse other forums such as this one: https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/index.php
  6. Sorry for the delayed reply, Dirk. You should inform the seller that the table they refer to is for dating 1952-1961 solid body models only. If you follow the link I provided above (http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial), and read through it, you will find this information and much much more about Gibson's serial number (and FON) history. The webpage is quite thorough and informative, and anyone who is reading this ought to bookmark that page for future reference. An ES-125 is not a solid body guitar, and thus the seller was wrong to refer you to the table they attached.
  7. R = 1960. You can check for yourself by following the link I posted above: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial
  8. #54439 falls between 42441 and 61180, and thus would indicate 1962. Here's the info from the source I linked: Gibson Serial Numbers, Feb 1961 to 1970. All models, stamped in back top of peghead. No "MADE IN USA" stamp below serial number! Note many serial numbers are duplicated from 1963-1969. In these cases, to figure out which is the exact year for a guitar, see the General Specs section for more details. ALSO note: It is easy to confuse 5 digit and 6 digit serial numbers from this era, and hence get the wrong year for a guitar. That is, 55555 is not the same number as 555555
  9. Technically, there may be sunburst finish names (in catalogs) that we're overlooking. "Viceroy Brown" is one example I'm sure of. But I basically agree with all of Nick's comments. The only area of slight confusion for me here is the use of the term "modern". Gibson were offering specifically-named sunburst variations as early as the late 1950's, and personally I wouldn't use the term "modern" to refer to that period. Anyway, there are certainly some period-specific trends (like the cherry sunbursts of the 60's), but it's not always safe to generalize about such things. Not only were som
  10. Sorry we missed your question, Don. According to my go-to source (http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial), which I provided above, just prior to your first post, that number could indicate either 1963 or 1967. If you could post a photo of the guitar, that might help narrow it down (or not).
  11. I would be curious to know what source you used. The source I've used for years (either from my books, or the same data shown on this website: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial) show that number dating to 1965. 332241 to 348092 1965
  12. I like the way you think, and kudos for trying to do that for your dad. Unfortunately, I also agree with your feeling that this is a long shot. After 16 years, the guitar could be just about anywhere. If I were you, I'd start by doing a serious and persistent search on the web for (at least) a visual match. Besides Reverb.com, Gbase, ebay, etc, you could also bookmark as many dealer websites as you can find (there are a LOT of them out there). It would be time consuming, but the possibility is there if you're persistent. If your Byrdland had any distinguishing characteristics (say fr
  13. To everyone with this type of question regarding Gibson serial numbers (and in this case, factory order numbers), you can find your answer on a webpage that I've linked here dozens of times over the years, including earlier in this same thread. I would recommend bookmarking this page, which is very handy: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial Yes, a factory order number beginning with "S" dates to 1959.
  14. Don't know exactly what this is... might have been modified:
  15. 1951 Deluxe Regent with floating DeArmond. Maybe you had a Deluxe Regent Zephyr (built in pickup)? Here's a sunburst 1953 example with two pickups: Anyway, I'm guessing it was a Deluxe, with those cloud fretboard inlays.
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