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Found my Great Grandma's guitar wondering where I could find the serial number

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Hello everyone, 

I was recently reunited with my great grandmothers Gibson acoustic. Everyone I've showed it too has acted stange about it so I feel as through I may have found something really special. I was wondering if you guys had any tips for identifying it. I was thinking it could be a 30’s j-35 but that’s only a guess. Any info would be amazing. Thanks! 
 

-Jon 

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If it’s not on the back of the headstock, it might be inside on the head block. It might be on the inside of the back but hidden by dust. 

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What he said. It can be very faint on the block. The number on my '35 L00 actually disappeared over the last few years.

Lucky is a good name for you!

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Hey , can you give us some pictures to look at ? 

The video was short and ....well... not so sweet lol .

Judging by the pick guard its a j 45  ....rectangular bridge ...1948 `47 ....pic of head stock wil be a  real help.

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The pickguard looks identical to my 45 J-45 -- but that does not really tell you much.  The factory order number (FON) if it has one will be stamped inside on the neck block.  Sometimes missing and often hard to read.  The headstock pictute will tell the tale.

Best,

-Tom

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Hello everyone, sorry for the poor video quality. Here are so more pictures that users have requested. I believe I have solved the mystery.. im thinking its a 30's LG2 but still very open to hear opinions and also opinions on what I should do with it. Thanks everyone for your help!!

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Auto correct got me

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Can we see a pic of the head stock logo?
Like a fine vintage car...take it to a good luthier and get it running, or just ship to me.

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In good 'running' condition it's a fairly desirable and valuable player, so act accordingly. If you're near a reputable shop, bring it in for evaluation.

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Based on the headstock logo -- 1946 LG-2.  I have one of those -- here it is.

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They did not make LGs in the 30s -- it was introduced in the early 1940s.  The wartime LGs had the banner logo -- this logo only happened in or near 1946.

Best,

-Tom

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The measure-difference between upper and lower bouts seems bigger than the ordinary Ls. Probably just the photo angle. 

A nice little-big jewel found in a corner of this world (the guitar is glad too). Already looks terrific, but will  shine after fix-up. Hope the sound can follow that.

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Haha! The photos are from work (outdoor retail store)  I took them as soon as I picked the guitar back up. A local shop took a look at it for me and helped point me on the right track. 

 

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52 minutes ago, vw1300 said:

ZW, why are they called double rivets?

 

That is just what I call them.   Riveted cog wheel tuners start showing up on Gibsons in late-1942 or 1943.  This later version looks like there is a collar around the rivet or a rivet within a rivet (if that makes any sense).  

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