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All mahogany question

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Sorry to be late to this all-mahogany party. I’ve been on the road for the past 2 weeks.

Yes, indeed, the Banner LG-1s were X-braced. Like all first issue Banners - LG-2s, LG-3s, J-45s, J-50s, and, of course, SJs, they had fancy rosettes and multiple purflings top and back. Quite fancy by Gibson standards and, to my eyes, gorgeous.

No LG-1s shipped until  a few months into 1943. Mine shipped June 23, 1943. Some researchers designate the guitars as 1942s, because that’s when the designs issued (I now have the original spec sheets to the Banner flattops, all created in fall 1942). I prefer to refer to the year by the shipping date. But, of course, it really doesn’t matter.

Anyway, I love all-mahogany Gibson flattops.

As for the snarkiness of my comments in the video, that was due to the stunning treatment I received from the prior management and the fact that the only way I could sample a copy of my own guitar was to buy a copy. A fascinating time. But, I’m very happy to report that the new management is eager to embrace the tale of the Gals and the great guitars that they built. More to come ... eventually. It’s a busy company right now.

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1 hour ago, jt said:

As for the snarkiness of my comments in the video, that was due to the stunning treatment I received from the prior management and the fact that the only way I could sample a copy of my own guitar was to buy a copy. A fascinating time. But, I’m very happy to report that the new management is eager to embrace the tale of the Gals and the great guitars that they built. More to come ... eventually. It’s a busy company right now.

Great news about Gibson, JT!

Now, if you can just convince them to  make the remaining old shipping ledgers public, we will know that they really care about the Gibson legacy and Gibson's history.

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