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Trying to find this heritage acoustic owner

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I see this old ad (from reverb) when I search "Gibson Heritage Acoustic"

This guitar has blotches on the back that match the marks on mine so.... I know it was made right next to mine. Im restoring mine and want original specs from this one to go on.

 

Will try to pist pic below.

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What "restoration" are you considering undertaking? Unless the guitar is a total wreck, you might be better served by repairing than restoring. Early Heritage models, which had solid Brazilian back and sides, are more desirable that later models.

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Nick, It is just a very strange guitar. It seems to have features from different years. I want to know whst is correct. Strangest thing is a pearl logo with a dotted "i". Also, pat pend milk bottles, brazilian laminate back and sides. White / Black binding. No label, just a "Heritage" ink stamp where logo should be. Neck heel is more round than others.... not the "squished" shape you usually see. I was told by seller that his friend worked for Preston Thompson in Oregon and bought this guitar new. My guess is that he must have been a former Gibson worker? Apparently the guy travelled a lot... kind of a wanderer. Bridge was def changed to non adjust but I can swear I saw outline of belly up (before my son started sanding top). The guitar is currently being refinished by someone who probably helped build this guitar when it was made at Gibson :)

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Here is a link to mine.

Look closely.... you can see the outline of the splotches of the other guitar (link above) inside the large splotches on my guitar. These had to be build at slmost the same time. What are the chances of finding this? Pretty incredible :)

 

https://nashville.craigslist.org/ats/d/rockford-gibson-guitar/6862667858.html

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Here is a link to mine.

Look closely.... you can see the outline of the splotches of the other guitar (link above) inside the large splotches on my guitar. These had to be build at slmost the same time. What are the chances of finding this? Pretty incredible :)

 

https://nashville.craigslist.org/ats/d/rockford-gibson-guitar/6862667858.html

 

 

I don't know if Gibson made their own BR laminate, or bought it, but it would appear that your guitar and this one were made using a closely-related batch of laminate, from the same tree. It's hard to know how many laminate surface slices are between your guitar and this one, but it's a pretty reasonable guess that the two guitars were made about the same time, or at least using the same batch of laminate.

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What "restoration" are you considering undertaking? Unless the guitar is a total wreck, you might be better served by repairing than restoring. Early Heritage models, which had solid Brazilian back and sides, are more desirable that later models.

 

I know squat about Heritage models but a friend who owns a guitar store once told me the easiest way to know it its is sold rosewood or a veneer is if it is solid the guitar will have a top belly ADJ bridge. He also told me that the laminate Gibson used afterward moved between a rosewood or maple substrate.

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The guitar is currently being refinished by someone who probably helped build this guitar when it was made at Gibson :)

Are his initials P.M.?

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Yes, he is a magician! Really kind guy too. Been fun working with him! I dont get excited about much but, I cant wait to see the final result. So far, its looking better than I ever thought it could. Pete Moreno, hes the guy you want. Plus, its cool to know he probably built that guitar when new so, even though refinished, I feel like its still "original".

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That's him! He is amazing.

When I was at his shop, he showed me these crazy paper mache instruments that he was restoring, and not to mention a few guitars that belonged to famous artists (like Johnny Cash).

AFAIK, he is the best around. I think you'll be happy with the results.

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That's him! He is amazing.

When I was at his shop, he showed me these crazy paper mache instruments that he was restoring, and not to mention a few guitars that belonged to famous artists (like Johnny Cash).

AFAIK, he is the best around. I think you'll be happy with the results.

Well, the secret's finally out! Pete is the best. He's done my work and restorations since the late 1980's. A truly excellent luthier and a fine person.

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