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I recently Acquired a Vintage Style O from 1921. I noticed most of the style Os are sunburst or Black Finish. Natural finish seem to be few and far between. Just curious if it was an unpopular model at the time or if they made less natural finishes. Anyone have any answers? Any help is appreciated.
Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville gets a lot of really nice Vintage Gibsons and Martins, plus some great recent models as well. Prices sometimes tend to be a little high, but in the ballpark. You can get on their email list and they will send you new listings several times a week. Two vintage slope-J's caught my attention today, especially in light of recent discussions here about Gibsons is the early post-war period. One guitar is called a 1950 J-45, the other a 1951 SJ. The J-45 is probably from a couple of years later, unless the bridge has been changed. Why? Well, the bridge has a drop-in saddle, for starters, which is a detail that is probably from 1953 or later, I believe. Second, the bridge pins are very close to the back of the bridge, which also seems to suggest a slightly later date. The SJ is called a 1951, and that makes sense. That one has a belly-up (standard) bridge with slot-through saddle, where earlier belly bridges might have been either up or down. It also has the pins further forward from the back of the bridge, which is consistent with the original bridges on both of my 1950 (or slightly earlier) J-45's. The sunbursts on those two guitars are very similar to each other, and look similar to the one in the b&w photo of my "old" J-45 shortly after I got it in 1966. The sunburst on my "new" 1950 J-45 (purchased by me from the original owner, so I know the "no later than" birthday of the guitar) is darker all over, which I really like. Of course, that could either be the photography, or differences in aging. I have seen enough difference in the 'bursts on similar guitars in this period to think that Gibson may have had more than one person in the spray booth back then. Detective work is fun. early 50's J-45 '51 SJ