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The following info from Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson flattop vintage guitar collecting (guitarhq.com) puts it at a 1946 Southern Jumbo. Very collectible and worth  few bucks.

1942 Southern Jumbo introduction specs:
16" wide, round shoulder dreadnought shape, mahogany back and sides and neck, mahogany neck and neck block, bottom belly bridge (belly towards endpin, which was the opposite of what all other flattop Gibsons used after WW2) with 2 pearl dots, some models with rectangular bridge instead of a bottom belly bridge, multiple bound top and back, constrasting wood strip down center of the back, neck heel sometimes caped with white celluloid, fire striped teardrop shaped pickguard, double parallelagram pearl fingerboard inlays, "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" gold silkscreened banner logo, unbound rosewood fingerboard with 19 frets, some with ebony or maple non-adjustable truss rod, multiple soundhole purfling, sunburst finish. Two batches of rosewood back and side SJ's were made, FON batch number 910 and 2005.


1943 Southern Jumbo specs:
tortoise grain pickguard material, no neck heel celluloid cap. Many made with poplar neck block (instead of mahogany) and non-adjustable ebony or maple truss rod, and some with a black "skunk stripe" down the center of the top. Also laminated maple necks were quite common. Laminated maple back and sides are also sometimes seen (rare).
1944 Souther Jumbo specs:
adjustable truss rod is the norm.
1946 Southern Jumbo specs:
No "Only a Gibson..." banner, but still used old style "Gibson" gold script logo.
1947 Southern Jumbo specs:
Bound fingerboard, fingerboard inlays now pearloid (celluloid, instead of pearl).
1948 Southern Jumbo specs:
new style "Gibson" gold block logo.
Edited by Dave F
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