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  1. Thanks for taking the time to offer the details of your J200. Crazy to see the next guitar on the line from mine 60 years later! The ToM bridge was commercially available in 61, so your design is consistent and accurate to the reference period it went back to the factory for work. What is interesting, is the bracing for yours....and where the plug is. This is very different from mine, as the bracing in mine appears not to have the cross brace. I suspect this was added to yours during the 61 work to strengthen the new bridge. I agree that converting to a regular saddle makes sense... and w
  2. Wow! Very interesting. So yours shows the conventional ToM set up with the Pearl inlays. What is the neck stamp#? So does the neck stamp reflect a 1956?
  3. very cool to see the guitar made right after mine! So do you not have the ToM bridge??
  4. Outstanding! Thank you and very much appreciated. I believe this has solved the mystery.
  5. Buc, Very interesting! Thank you for the insight. I am aware of the book, but do not have a copy. Curious if you could attach a photo?
  6. This guitar does not have the 'tone killing' cross brace typically found in the 61s and later. Everything is consistent with 1956 construction. The guitar has a bright and booming presence. One of the nicest playing J200s I have heard. George Gruhn has personally inspected this guitar and certifies that it is a 1956 instrument.
  7. Best pictures I could get. The hardware used to affix the bridge is consistent with original installation.
  8. Interesting. I have heard the same of Gibson in the late 50s. With a relatively small production run of each model (I think around 320 J200s in 1956, virtually every guitar was 'prototype' of some sort. I have also heard that post war production used parts from various years to create a complete instrument.
  9. Looking for assistance regarding a recent purchase. I have (or believe that I have) a 1956 Gibson J200. Both the label and the neck stamp confirm the date to be a middle production run of a 1956. The guitar appears to be accurate and original at every detail, including the Lufton case..... One catch, the guitar has a Tune O Matic bridge and that was not commercially available until 61!! Even the Tune O Matic is very different from anything else I have ever seen, as the moustache is open versus the typical 'closed' Tune O matic with pearl inlays. Also, the bridge pins are set at the bac
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