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I'm wondering -- When it comes to Gibson acoustics of the 1930s and '40s, was there any rhyme or reason as to which models got tuners with white buttons and which got tuners with black buttons? Or did they just slap on whatever tuners were in the factory or whatever tuners the supplier had sent over that month?

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. . . and I'm wondering- were the black button tuners made of Bakeliteā„¢, and if so, would it have meant a slightly increased production cost. I've seen plenty of the white button tuners that have turned into shriveled raisins, or have completely crumbled, but have never seen any of the old black button tuners disintegrate.

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