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Need help identifying my 1930's Gibson Acoustic


rstrader

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My Grandmother gave me this Gibson approximately 30 years ago, she had gotten it brand new. I am having trouble tracking down exactly which model it is and the year. I think it is a 1936. The number stamped inside looks like 688B with a red inked 8(maybe) underneath. If anyone could help me track this down I would really appreciate it. Thanks

 

 

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It appears to be a J-35. This model was the precursor to the J-45. The J-35 is highly collectible and quite valuable. I would have it appraised and taken to a very experienced luthier which lots of experience in vintage Gibson to check it out and make sure it is properly preserved.

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This is a Gibson Jumbo, the first Jumbo sized guitar gibson built starting around 1934. It has the small pearl logo and the shaded (sunburst) sides and back. This appears to be a latter one with bound fingerboard. Very few of these guitars were built and they are in great demand. Even in this vintage guitar market they will bring good money. This of course depends on condition and originality. Contact Gruhn guitars in Nashville. He will do the appraisal online with your pictures. You may want to improve the quality of the pictures. This guitar could be well over 14K, so be patient, gather information. Many dealers will offer to sell the guitar on consignment with can be expensive. You can sell this guitar with good pictures and some help. Contact me through the pm here if you want more information. I would love to own this guitar, but I am not in a position to purchse it. I just want to see you do well if you decide to sell. Terry

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