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I inherited a 1936 L-00 from my Aunt.  I remember as a boy, long time ago, her having it at her house.  A student at a luthier program at Morrisvile (NY) Community College said he could "fix" it up.  Needless to say he destroyed all of its original splendor and it has sat unfinished for years.  I remember it having the Sunburst finish .  You can see from the photos that it has been completely stripped down and the bridge is not original.  I have had a couple of Luthiers look at it but seem hesitant to touch it.  One said it looked like there was adhesive patterns on the sound board (I do know it had had some masking tape attached to it for quite some time).  I have the Klausen 3:1 tuners.

I do not know why any "student" would remove the original Gibson script logo, change the bridge and do some sort of re-drilling of the headstock (maybe that's why that program is not at that school any longer)?!

Anyway, I am looking for advice on what to do with this instrument.  Aside from cosmetics, it does appear to be have good structural integrity.  Is it worth restoring?  Would restoring it cost more than it is worth?  Is it sellable to anyone in its current condition?  These are the questions I am dealing with.  I would like to have something that is playable and looks original, but I don't know if that is possible.  Any advice, comments, etc. are surely appreciated.

PS The stamped number on the neck block appears to be:  837B with a red pencil #15 underneath it.

PSS Having trouble getting photos into forum.

 

Gibson Front 2.jpg

Edited by Gman215
Only able to get one photo into topic.

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Amazing sad story, probably dropped on a student w/o knowledge of it's value. It happens.

I wouldn't necessarily attempt to get it looking authentic, but it's well worth getting a good period correct bridge  and set up to play, as they are unique for how they sound more than anything. You'll have to dig a little for estimates regarding stages of restoration. I suggest a guy in Scotia, NY named Steve Kovacik. He may be on this forum, but I can't recall for sure.

http://www.guitar-repair.com/index.htm


post-13517-062811200%201554513836_thumb.jpgHere's my '35 with it's companion '31 L0

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In low excellent condition which means shows wear but all original with no modifications I would guess 3000-3500 value

If it doesn’t need any other work like reglue braces, neck reset, ......... which could run up the repair cost and I would guess it does need some of that work, a refinish, new bridge/ saddle, new decal would probably run 500-800 and after you’re all done fixing it up it would probably bring 2000

unless it has a sentimental value do as mentioned above, get it checked out, at the least get a new bridge (if there are no major structural issues) and just enjoy it. Shape it’s in I would guess 1000-1500 depending on what other work is needed. Below a grand and someone here would probably grab it  

On the other hand, put it on EBay and see what it will bring. Some of those buyers go crazy and may surprise you  

 

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I think I would contact SUNY Morrisville, a small upstate NY tech college about an hour from me, and see if there was a photographic record of the project. Nah! That might make you angrier.

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I think I would black lacquer that puppy and go 'Tuxedo'. Can anyone do as nice a burst copy like this Ebay one?

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4 hours ago, jedzep said:

I think I would black lacquer that puppy and go 'Tuxedo'. Can anyone do as nice a burst copy like this Ebay one?

That is a beauty. If I was in the market, I would be making an offer to see how low he would go. With his description and a 30 day return policy, I would have no concerns going for it.

Do you think those are the original tuners? Bridge? I think the bridge looks too nice, but a good replacement.  I would think the tuners would look like this but these were later '36.

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I can't see any replacement bridge clues, but the tuner plate footprint on my '35 peghead is clipped Klu version, like so...
Those in the listing? Don't see how they could be original, but I'm very unstudied in vintage parts.
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Here's a reference I use but I did a search and looked at a lot of '36 L00 (there are a lot of them out there for sale) and the tuners repeated as four different styles . The three shown above plus one other. The one on the EBay showed up a few times so they may be original.

https://umgf.com/chronology-of-kluson-tuners-used-from-late-1936-to-t197854.html

 

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