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Metal tuning knobs on a 1930's L-50


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As best I know L-50s of that era did not have tuners with metal buttons. But, that's not to say that someone could not have custom ordered the guitar to have those tuners. When you get the guitar, you'll have to pull the tuners and look for other footprints/screw holes. If, by chance, your guitar does have vintage Grovers with metal buttons, you're in the money!

 

Those tuners do look like they've suffered the sort of oxidation that occurs when a guitar is kept in a case with a deteriorating celluloid pickguard. So, be careful.

 

Finally, great guitar! These entry level, carved Gibsons are amazing values, imho.

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As best I know L-50s of that era did not have tuners with metal buttons. But, that's not to say that someone could not have custom ordered the guitar to have those tuners. When you get the guitar, you'll have to pull the tuners and look for other footprints/screw holes. If, by chance, your guitar does have vintage Grovers with metal buttons, you're in the money!

 

Those tuners do look like they've suffered the sort of oxidation that occurs when a guitar is kept in a case with a deteriorating celluloid pickguard. So, be careful.

 

Finally, great guitar! These entry level, carved Gibsons are amazing values, imho.

 

Thanks! I hope so too, although I am getting it to play.

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Yes, that seems likely. Thanks a lot for your reply. I guess I am in the market for some tuners now, eh?

Yep! A good cleaning and a set of Waverly or Kluson tuners should help that ol' gal along.

Tuner installations like that, drive me 'Buggy'.. [scared] . Stuff like that comes under the "What were they thinking?" column.... [confused]

Rod

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Yep! A good cleaning and a set of Waverly or Kluson tuners should help that ol' gal along.

Tuner installations like that, drive me 'Buggy'.. [scared] . Stuff like that comes under the "What were they thinking?" column.... [confused]

Rod

 

Actually, this guitar has a lot of those "what were they thinking" features, but I am excitied to, in the words of fellow Canadian Mike Holmes, "Make it right".

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