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I don't believe bakelite was used on them. I suspect they were all celluloid. I know many tuners had black buttons, particularly from the 30s but I think they were just black celluloid.


I don't know why, but seems like they didn't start disintegrating until the 50s or so. I know they can survive or they can rot with little explanation except I suspect the ones stored in their cases took it worse on account of outgassing.

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The listings I have say, L-C (Centery), Gibson Flat-top, 1933-1941, used white pearloid on the fretboard ahd peg head.

I don't know what Pearloid really was made from.

Note; the 1933 list price on this 14 fret model was $55.


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