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  1. Hi Lisa, This forum is for identifying guitars, but a quick internet search (Google) turned up a few sources that look like they answer your question: http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/serial1.htm#BALDWIN https://www.total-piano-care.com/baldwin-pianos.html There may be more sources out there if you want to try a search yourself. Anyway, it looks like your piano dates to 1983. Info on the company's history can be found here (you can perhaps figure out where yours was built): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Piano_Company
  2. I would post your question in the Epiphone forum ( https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/ ), and try to include photos (a serial number alone isn't enough information).
  3. Since it's an Epiphone (asian), and not a Gibson, you might want to post your question in the Epiphone forum: https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/
  4. According to Duchossoir's "Gibson Electrics: The Classic Years", 215 was the number produced only from 1962 to 1967. According to Gruhn's 1991 reference guide, the TF model was discontinued in 1971, but I don't know how many were produced from 1968-1971. Pretty small numbers, I would think. As far as the 90's and beyond, I have no idea.
  5. ? What does "mid to early" even mean? Find a good source of information on vintage Gibsons. The double cutaway on this model appeared in 1961. Those were two different models. Those online "dater project" sites are notorious for producing bad results. Gibson's serial numbering system was messed up back in the day, but you can still find better sources than those dater project sites. Here's one that's more reliable: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial
  6. 'Scales was absolutely correct. I would recommend that you find better sources of information.
  7. What you have is a 1937 EH-150 lap steel, and yes it has value (just the pickup itself has considerable value, and is something that is still iconic and being copied to this day). You can search various websites (ebay, gbase.com, reverb.com, etc) to get an idea of the guitar's current value. As far as dating, I use this online source: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial Here is the section relating to your instrument: Hyphen Factory Order Number with NO Letters, 1936 to 1943. Pre-WW2 hyphen Factory Order Numbers are used mostly on lap steels. The format consists of a three or four digit number, a hyphen, then a one or two digit batch number. Only the first number (before the hyphen) determines the year. 1st Number range Year ----------------- ---- 200-xx to 399-xx 1937 400-xx to 599-xx 1936, 1937 500-xx to 599-xx 1936 to 1938 600-xx to 799-xx 1936, 1938 800-xx to 999-xx 1936 1000-xx to 1599-xx 1937 1600-xx to 2999-xx 1938 to 1940 3000-xx to 5999-xx 1941 6000-xx to 6999-xx 1942 7000-xx to 7999-xx 1943
  8. Cool. You might also try posting it here: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/
  9. 1. I agree, the split diamond could be an optical illusion (maybe a reflection?). Or just a late variation on the design. Things were changing at Gibson at that time, plus you don't see many of these around now (archtops were falling out of favor, and tenor guitars had become less popular decades prior to that). If it is a split diamond, I would just chalk it up to one of those minor Gibson variations, which were not uncommon on their trapeze tailpieces over the years- especially on offbeat lower end models. 2. Well, "witch hat" knobs were never gold. I think you're correct to call these witch hats, but those didn't appear until around 1967. The "bonnet" knobs of 1955-60 could be gold or black; as could the "reflector cap" variation of 1960-67. So, this guitar either dates from 1967 to ? (the model was discontinued in 1971), or the knobs were replaced. 3. The absence of a dot on the "i" would indicate 1968-1970 (which jibes with the witch hats being original to this guitar). That's a really bad photo of the headstock, but from what I can see, it doesn't look like the Gibson "pantograph" logo, which also lacked the dot. I was more surprised to see a "pearl" inlay on this model, as opposed to a silk-screened logo. Also the clear finish on the headstock face, as opposed to black paint. But again, I haven't come across many of these in all my years of Gibson enthusiasm.
  10. Different numbering/lettering systems were used on different models and at different points in Gibson's history. Here's a website with some good general info, including the general guidelines for dating with a factory order number like yours (as ksdaddy did): http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial And as usual, I agree with ksdaddy.
  11. JimR56

    How old?

    A fair question, but one without a clear answer. The traditional answer, from an established expert in the field such as George Gruhn, was that age alone does not make a guitar "vintage". Quality also had to be taken into account (which begins to bring subjectivity into things). Gruhn's cutoff point, largely as a result of the ban on Brazilian rosewood at the time, was roughly 1970. This was also the time when both Gibson and Fender began to suffer quality issues following corporate ownership changes. For some dealers, this 1970 guideline still stands and is accepted by many collectors, but time seems to be eroding this to some extent. I've read several discussions on guitar forums on this topic in recent years, and many guitar enthusiasts today no longer want to accept those traditional guidelines. Defining the term "vintage" is a tricky matter for many people, even those who debate this topic with thoughtfulness and logic. Of course, the internet has given more people more power to voice their opinions (for better and/or worse). There's nothing more controversial or subjective when it comes to discussing guitars with other enthusiasts, and you have to look at the various arguments and opinions and decide for yourself what makes the most sense to you. Here's just one example of a relatively brief and civil discussion on the subject that I think is worth reading: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/vintage-how-old.1007392/
  12. More info here: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/44360-epi-ft-570-bl/
  13. Sound advice from Jed and Pip. No need to go beyond the cleaning/polishing that you've done. The headstock logo looks just fine too! Very sweet looking old guitar. I'd get a nice replica pickguard for it, but that's just my opinion.
  14. The original 1946-49 version can be found with either dot ("circular") or trapezoid fingerboard inlays. The standard body depth was 3 3/8". Also, the bodies of some of the early variants were made of laminated mahogany (flat back). Laminated maple (arched back) became standard in 1950. A fairly confusing history on this model.
  15. Nicely done, jt! Thanks for sharing that.
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