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Hello everyone. This is my first post here, and I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me with identifying this Gibson Acoustic I came across.

 

I gave a friend of mine some exercise equipment, and in return they felt that they needed to give me something, so they gave me this Gibson Acoustic. As you can see from the attached photos this guitar has seen better days. I've tried to search the Gibson website for information on the serial number, 57720, but I can not locate anything.

 

If anyone could offer some insight into this guitar, or perhaps point me in the right direction, I would be greatly appreciative. I am interesting in having it restored, but I want to make sure it isn't a fake first.

 

Thanks,

Mac

 

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Hello everyone. This is my first post here, and I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me with identifying this Gibson Acoustic I came across.

 

I gave a friend of mine some exercise equipment, and in return they felt that they needed to give me something, so they gave me this Gibson Acoustic. As you can see from the attached photos this guitar has seen better days. I've tried to search the Gibson website for information on the serial number, 57720, but I can not locate anything.

 

If anyone could offer some insight into this guitar, or perhaps point me in the right direction, I would be greatly appreciative. I am interesting in having it restored, but I want to make sure it isn't a fake first.

 

Thanks,

Mac

 

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Looks like a late 50s or early 60s J-50 or a finish-stripped J-45.

 

Serial number suggests 1962.

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Looks like a late 50s or early 60s J-50 or a finish-stripped J-45.

 

Serial number suggests 1962.

 

Wow, thanks for the fast reply. According to this website, http://vintage-guitars.blogspot.com/2006/01/gibson-j-50.html, this guitar could be worth a few pennies? I do play the guitar, but it hasn't been a big part of my life for a while and I am looking at picking it back up again. I'd rather restore this and keep it, just because of it's history, but I really don't know what I should invest in it to have it restored. I know it's hard to offer advice, but what should I look at paying for restoration? $100.00? $500.00? More?

 

Hard to believe someone would let such a nice instrument fall into such terrible condition.

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If you can put strings on it and it plays well then I personally wouldn't bother 'restoring' it as such.

 

On another note - it does look like a stripped finish to me, and that would diminish it's value a fair bit.

 

 

Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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If you are looking to preserve it's historic value, then don't restore.

If you are looking to return it to it's former glory so you can play it, then restore away.

 

Cost? Depends on what's wrong with it. The few, fuzzy pics makes it hard to see if there are cracks in the shell, cracked or loose braces, or other expensive issues which need addressing. Take it to a competent luthier for a quote. Let your pocketbook be your guide.

 

Personally, I'd leave it as is, finish wise. It's got mojo.

 

It also, appears, it doesn't gots a case. Get a good Hard Shell case for her. She'll be glad you did.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I would love to string this thing and play it, but it does need some work first. The nut is missing, fret board and frets have major grooves from some serious playing, and there are some cracks in the back that it looks like someone tried to superglue.

 

There's a shop here that specializes in Gibson restoration and repair. I just didn't want to go there before I validated that this was an authentic Gibson.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I would love to string this thing and play it, but it does need some work first. The nut is missing, fret board and frets have major grooves from some serious playing, and there are some cracks in the back that it looks like someone tried to superglue.

 

There's a shop here that specializes in Gibson restoration and repair. I just didn't want to go there before I validated that this was an authentic Gibson.

 

It could be well worth the work. I would guess you would need only a partial refret, and would leave the grooves in the Braz/Rosewood board as is, a new top nut doesn`t cost much, and that would leave you with the back cracks which would probably cost the most to put right, assuming there are no issues with the top? A set of tone-pro reproduction Kluson three on a plate tuners, would finish off the headstock, and there are usually some 60`s type J-45/50 pickguards to be found on evilbay!

 

I wouldn`t mind having a go at fixing that baby up myself, and I hope you get around to doing it.

 

Steve.

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As promised, I have posted some links to a few (tons) of high resolution pictures to this guitar. I didn't want to post them straight in the forum. These pictures give a much better idea as to the condition of this guitar.

 

All the good comments so far are definitely making me optimistic about the future for this instrument. Hopefully that doesn't change after looking at these.

 

 

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After reading the thread "Country Western with a few "issues,"" I realized that I have probably been overreacting on the condition of this guitar. It's a gem compared to that thing.

 

I sent those same pics with info to Gibson's restoration and repair center. I doubt that I could ever afford them, but it will interesting to see what they say.

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