These same rules also apply to whether it's Mahogany and Rosewood. So if a - very costly - retop plus heel repair would be worth it. Before mid-1950, most Gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile. In '73 or '74, they all changed again. Cutaway archtop models made from 1946 to 1959 are also very collectible, but are not as much as the pre-war Advance Premier models. Next Determine the Exact Model.
Next to it is the 1960 version where the switch tip changed to a plastic material that stayed white, and had a visible seam. During the late 1950's, the red ainline used in their sunburst finishes often faded. Pictures, history for gibson vintage guitars. This knob is bakelite and very amber in color. The pre-war cutaway L-5 and cutaway Super 400 are also known as Premier models.
Most Gibson pickguards prior to the mid-1970's were made from celluloid. Installed Grover gold-plated tuners on it in 1978. I believe they were laminate wood back then. Exceptions Nothing's perfect and the Blueridge naming scheme is no different. However, with a little bit of understanding it's actually a very understandable system that allows you to quickly scan multiple instruments to find what you're looking for.
But you only talk about serial numbers with two or three digit numbers after the hypen. Full insurance included in shipping. Gibson flat tops of the 1960's and 1970's seem to be inferior in tone and construction to the same models of the 1950's. Year Number ---- ------ 1947 A-100 Apr 28 A-411 Jul 2 A-1146 Dec 1 A-1304 1948 A-1305 Jan 8 A-1849 Jul 2 A-2613 Dec 8 A-2665 1949 A-2666 Jan 5 A-3353 Jul 1 A-4209 Dec 1 A-4413 1950 A-4414 Jan 3 A-5456 Jul 3 A-6312 Dec 4 A-6597 1951 A-6598 Jan 4 A-8030 Jul 2 A-9194 Dec 3 A-9419 1952 A-9420 Jan 2 A-11057 Jul 1 A-12202 Dec 1 A-12462 1953 A-12463 Jan 8 A-14332 Jul 1 A-15883 Dec 2 A-16101 1954 A-16102 Jan 5 A-17435 Jul 1 A-18496 Dec 1 A-18667 1955 A-18668 Jan 6 A-18750 Jan 12, last white label. By the late 1920's, the mandolin boom had pasted and demand feel. In 1955 Gibson forgot to reset their serial number back to 5 0001. It appears it may have come in contact with something that bubbled the finish a little in that area.
A Blueridge model name is made up at least 2 and sometimes 3 different parts; the letters before the hypen, the numbers and the letters after the hypen. Gibson ukes, though not as collectible as Martin ukes, has a certain charm. Product Specs Condition: Brand Model Finish Categories Year Made In United States Video. Other Identifiers There are some other ways you can get an idea of the age of your Gibson. Original series with full reverse bodies are also very collectible.
Let's take a look at each and see how they work together. The single cutaway a plainer version of the Byrdland , having the same problems, also has limited collectibility mostly due to its scale length. The Blueridge was made between 1968 and 1979, the heart of what's known among Gibson afficionado's as the Norlin years, when Gibson was owned by a company Norlin that really knew nothing about guitar manufacturing and cared even less. Prior to 1955, the J-200 has an engraved celluloid pickguard. With the pickguard removed we can see how much brighter the original red was in the sunburst under the pickguard. There were some exceptions though, like the Les Paul Custom which kept the smaller.
What I believe to have happened is that this Blue Ridge guitar and a few of the Heritage guitars in the transition period of 1966 to 1969 shared in the last of the Brazilian Rosewood supply, which was being stretched by slicing it into sheets of laminates to be parceled out among whatever guitars were in production at the time. First was used from mid-1960 to the end of 1961, and have a shallow post hole as viewed from the side. Geib cases are seen mostly in the early 1950's, and Lifton cases in the mid to late 1950's. Thank you very much for the information. The deluxe models, such as the , from the 1950's are very collectible. Fingerboard Woods Fingerboards, bridges and other small parts made from rosewood are all the Brazilian variety till 1966. Used on upper line models: 1954-1957.
Example : T - The instrument is a 4 string Tenor guitar. In 1968 Gibson introduced the Gibson Blue Ridge Acoustic Guitar, it was flat top, natural finish, laminated rosewood back and sides, maple on the inside, and in 1979 they were discontinued and reintroduced in 1989 and ended production in 1990. Thank you for your interest in this outstanding vintage Gibson guitar. It looks like a Martin D-21 with the gibson headstock. Modifications can often be determined by looking at the model specs for a particular year guitar in this web page after the approximate year is determined , and compare to your instrument. This new serial number system allows determination of the exact date the instrument was stamped with the serial number, and the factory of manufacturer.