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New to the forum, looking to ID this very well worn Gibson acoustic. The body is 16" across. I struggled with photos, but here is a link:

http://s1167.photobucket.com/user/Bobs69BB/library/Gibson

Did a little research, only has a FON ink stamped on headstock, V5856-18 which I think says it is from 1956.

Looks like was originally an electric model converted back to acoustic. The bridge orientation looks backwards to most of the era, with the flat facing towards the neck. The tuning pegs are all metal, which don't look period correct.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks, Robert

 

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1956 is correct.  You're also correct regarding the tuners not being original.  They are nice tuners, though.

I had trouble getting the photobucket pages to load, seemingly due to their ads.  I tried it in another browser where I use an ad blocker, and nothing loaded at all.  Anyway, from the quick glimpses I got of your main page, I think it might be a J-160E.  They were introduced in 1954.

Hopefully some of the flat-top guys (which I am not) will come along and add more expertise.

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Agree with Jim.

It'd be a good one to put back to electric .

I like it.

Here's your photos uploaded. 

Right click your photo and copy the direct link and paste it in your post.

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Yep, it definitely was/is a J160E. It always amazes me how some of these guitars end up after a lot of years of play and bad repairs, etc. A proper bridge and saddle would be a good start in putting it back together to its former glory. However, it may play fine,as is.

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Thanks for the help!

My dad picked this up in a flea market in North Carolina 30+ years ago, paid $20 for it. If I decide to put it back to electric, are there recommended sources for parts? Pickup, knobs, bridge, tuners?

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Thanks, no $$ in my eyes. I'm most interested in putting the bridge right and converting back to electric with a similar Chinese pickup kit. 

Anyone make a decent repro bridge for a J160E?

 

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