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Laminated bodies, acoustic flat tops?

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Does anyone know for sure when the Gibson factory started using laminates for flat top bodies? I know they began using laminated sides in the 1950's (I have a 1957 J50 body with Laminated sides) but I see on this repair photograph of a 1960 J50 body that the back is laminate too. Does that mean that by 1960 all slope shouldered dreads (or maybe all acoustic bodies) were laminated? Anybody have accurate dates on the change over?

 

Here is a links to the repair photos mentioned above:

 

http://www.customfret.com/showProduct.php?id=162

 

http://www.customfret.com/showImage.php?id=1295

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"Gibson" and "Rules" do not belong in the same sentence. You will find some of each (solid/lam) at many different points in time.

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"Gibson" and "Rules" do not belong in the same sentence. You will find some of each (solid/lam) at many different points in time.

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I'm not seeing "laminated" there unless you're counting the duct tape. I see original mahogany back with quite a layer of tape. I also don't think it would have broke quite so badly had it been laminated.

Gibson has resorted to laminating all through their history I believe. Most recently on the arched backs (Gospel and 185 come to mind). I have seen them used on some models from the '70s as well; Blueridge and Gospel and others.

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