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  1. 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.
  2. Don't know exactly what this is... might have been modified:
  3. 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.
  4. I can't see your photos, and couldn't open them after downloading. .heic? Not familiar with that format. Anyway, the number you posted looks like a factory order number (FON), not a serial number. According to my go-to site (http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial), that FON would date the guitar to 1951. If I could see the photos, it would help to verify this possibility.
  5. Based on the design of your tailpiece, I was thinking 1934-37, but a serial number of 96189 would indicate 1939. The tailpiece could have been changed, or possibly a leftover part. Anyway, we're in the ballpark, but it's tricky if you're unsure about certain digits. With regard to the A236, I'm not sure. I would have thought an FON would be stamped rather than handwritten, and perhaps have four digits following the "A", rather than three. Gibson did use some FON's with an A prefix in 1935, so that's something to consider. FYI, I use the following site as a guide to dating Gibsons: http:
  6. Things seem a bit slow around here lately. There are several members who are knowledgeable about Gibson flat-tops, so don't be shy about keeping this topic going. In the meantime, I would suggest that you try to post some photos of the guitar. The more the better. Cheers.
  7. It's my lack of expertise with flat-top guitars that makes me uncertain. Anyway, don't give up here. Be patient and keep asking questions. There are several members here who know their flat-tops!
  8. That is a very nice L-7... a great thing to have inherited. It does appear to date to the mid-to-late 1930's. Is there a serial number on the oval white label? If not, see if you can find a "Factory Order Number" (FON) stamped inside the body (shine a light through the f-holes). It appears to be in wonderful condition, but your photos are a bit small and it's hard to see details clearly. If you can post larger images, or perhaps post links to larger images on a photo-sharing site, that would help a lot. I'm a bit surprised at how shiny the body is, other than some surface fil
  9. Wow. Well, regardless of the confusion around identifying/dating this thing, I feel much better now. Why? Because I can see that the guitar is now in the hands of someone who appreciates it and will take care of it. The "before" and "after" images are actually startling- in a good way! Kudos to you for what you've done with it. I was going to say that this is one of the cleanest-looking prewar archtops of its type that I've ever seen. I even wondered whether it could have been refinned because it was so clean. Now it appears that somebody just neglected it and let it collect dust (not
  10. I don't blame you for being puzzled. I've been puzzling over this for a couple of hours. The more I try to figure it out, the more confusing it gets. This is nothing new when it comes to sorting out some of these low-end, prewar Gibson archtops. We've had topics like this here before, and sometimes it's nearly impossible to provide a solid answer. First of all, an L50 is supposed to have a pearl logo, not silkscreened like yours (of course, it's easy to find plenty of L50's on the market with silkscreened logos, but what's not easy is to know whether sellers can be trusted to identify
  11. The serial number dates to 1965. I'm not a flat-top expert, but it appears to me to be a B-25 model. Not sure if the bridge is original (I've seen variations on this design, which I find a bit confusing).
  12. Well, no matter what, you've got a very nice instrument there. If you're so inclined, let us know what they say (and what they said prior to the sale... I'm curious about this now). Btw, my first hollowbody Gibson was a '64 Kessel Regular that I bought in 1981. I traded it away several years later, but it was a great guitar. I still get periodic urges to get another one like it.
  13. I agree, of course! 🙂 , and back on topic... so is the OP's L4, if it is indeed one of those original late-50's L4's with CC pickups. I'd love to see more photos!
  14. Thanks for posting the photos, LVXIFER. Now I fully understand what you were referring to, and I think you've pretty well examined the situation correctly. Other than the non-matching head inlay, and the missing label, the guitar appears legit to me. I have no idea what's going on with that stamped number over the label residue, and that troubles me slightly. I would say it's quite possible that somebody custom-ordered the instrument with the Custom-style head inlay pattern, but with the missing "i" dot, perhaps it was sent back to Gibson for a repair and/or mod of the headstock in that '6
  15. You know, bobouz... I think that L5 on the trunk of the car may be an L5CEST, not an L5CES. I'm serious, but just kidding in terms of trying to make myself correct. Haha.
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