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Nice group, jt [thumbup]

Is the leftmost guitar an LG3 ?

Sure looks a lot like mine! The binding looks full on the front. What is ply count on the top and back? The rosette as well, please> Mine is a mystery as it has been refinished natural and has no visible FON#.

It has similiar looks to yours though...Very Nice!

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Beautifull guitars..one and all [thumbup]

PS edit....Just dawned on me....yours might be mahogany-topped????

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Nice group, jt [thumbup]

Is the leftmost guitar an LG3 ?

Sure looks a lot like mine! The binding looks full on the front. What is ply count on the top and back? The rosette as well, please> Mine is a mystery as it has been refinished natural and has no visible FON#.

It has similiar looks to yours though...Very Nice!

1285792295066230676S600x600Q85.jpg

 

Beautifull guitars..one and all [thumbup]

PS edit....Just dawned on me....yours might be mahogany-topped????

 

Rod,

 

It's an LG-1, so it does have a mahogany top. It's got the 7-ply rosette, 5-ply purflings on top, and 2-ply purflings on the back, just like the first runs of j-50s, J-45s, LG-2s, and LG-3s. X-braced.

 

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Does yours have the banner?

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Wow, nice and really cool. =D> Gotta love anything Gibson with a natural finish, right? Only made these for 2 or 3 years. Has the classic "Charlie Christian" pickup (although the version in the ES-250 was slightly different that the one in the ES-150), big 17" body, open book fretboard inlays ... but wait, no stair-step headstock? Must be a late-in-the-run guitar? Did you also have the 185 amp that matched up with the guitar? Which do you prefer the ES-150 model or the later ES-250 model?

 

We've seen 40's, 50's, and 60's Gibsons ... so who's gonna be the first to "Post Your 30's Gibsons" ???

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The story on the 250:

 

I got it from Gruhn's in 1990. It was owned originally by Harold Bradley. The original pickup was gone (don't know if Bradley took it out, or what), so George put an ES-150 pickup in it (there's a close-up photo of the pickup in this guitar- taken not long before he sold it to me- in "Gruhn's Guide To Vintage Guitars"). All else was original. It was made in 1940, so it was later than some. The stair-stepped headstocks were the early ones. George estimated that Gibson only produced 20 or 25 of those guitars (including all the variations). It was a model that was constantly evolving. Anyway, it was a great guitar for soloing, but I wanted something that was better for chord/melody playing, and I decided to sell it to a friend. I ended up getting the '58 Super 400CESN that's pictured in the "Post your 50's Gibsons" thread.

 

I never owned an ES-150, or either of the 1930's Gibson amps.

 

I agree, we should have a thread for 1930's Gibsons (and earlier!).

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