Starting in 1965, all hardware is either chrome or gold plated. By the late 1950s and 1960s the J-45 went through some changes, unfortunately none of them good. The 56s all sounded different, noticeable different, anyone could hear it. The original thin letters were replaced after 1933 by a thicker font. The second type of serial numbers used started with an A prefix and ran from 1947 to 1961. Various serial number systems were used by Gibson, and often the same serial number could be used in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It can take Davidson several hours to locate a specific serial number, if he can find it at all.
There are several instances where batches of numbers are switched in order, duplicated, not just once, but up to four times, and seem to be randomly assigned, throughout the decade. The sound of a J-45 is very warm and fat. These are several different types of Gibson guitars made. I'm toying with the idea of selling my Gibson J-45 deluxe according to the serial number it was made in Michigan between 1973-1975 to fund another. The serial number on this Les Paul Junior indicates that it was made in 1956.
George, it's a Les Paul. It wasn't clear to me from reading chubakkah's post, though. To combat the problem, the company upped its serial number sequence last year from eight digits to nine. The final 6 digits ranked the instruments over the whole year's production. All stamps in the same size type. Pictures, history for gibson vintage guitars.
In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock. Bozeman instruments began using 001-299 designations and, in 1990, Nashville instruments began using 300-999 designations. Originality of an instrument is very important. If there is a 6 digit ink stamped number, there is no embedded space as the serial number has exceeded 9999 and now occupies the place where the space existed in numbers 9999 and lower. The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same. These will generally date an instrument earlier than the serial number, as they were typically applied in the early stages of assembly. Some time in 1953, instruments were ink stamped on the headstock back with 5 or 6 digit numbers, the first indicating the year, the following numbers are production numbers.
I'm reading a book currently called Gibson's fabulous flat top guitars, which should help, but you all have so much knowledge. But they are a good one! Guitars got six digits in any order, and in some cases they were preceded by a letter that none seemed to have no smeaningful sense. This knob is bakelite and very amber in color. As the 50's wore on, Gibson continued to make changes, including heavier bracing, thicker tops, adjustable bridge, and so on, until by the early 1960's the J-45 was a different guitar. Gibson began a new series of numbering system in 1961.
Discontinued all models except L-5 by 1927. That is, 55555 is not the same number as 555555 but when reading the number off the back of a Gibson peghead, these two numbers do look very similar! The black outside changed from smooth to rough during different periods of the 1960's. Note many serial numbers are duplicated from 1963-1969. As mentioned, the sunburst finish was useful in hiding flaws in the wood. In 1947 Gibson officially introduced the J-50 guitar, essentially a natural-finish J-45, though in 1942 already Gibson shipped a handful of J-50 guitars. That changed in the early 1950's when Gibson went to straight bracing. So if it is a black Les Paul Custom, then yes, it is a Black Beauty, according to someone somewhere.
In most cases, only the upper end instruments were assigned identification numbers. Lower models used black rigid cardboard cases. . Prior to 1955, the J-200 has an engraved celluloid pickguard. Lower belly bridge below bridge pins : 1969-1984.
I hope the shop recalls it, but I know for sure it's been re-finished because I've found the old add of the previous owner who said it's been refret and refinished incl. Also the cog gears got thinner with no bevel on the cog edges. Unfortunatelly it recovers only 2 images. After a virus attack I had several Microsoft Office files to recover. Peghead angle is 17 degrees: 1904-1966.
This is generally blamed on adjustable bridges that were standard on all models in the 1960's. Range 5xxxH to 8xxxH 1943 Range generally 9xx to 22xx, depending on the model. Most Gibsons have some sort of body binding. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. Note during this period there where three different manufacturers making cases for Gibson, all with the same basic specs, but slightly different shapes Lifton, Geib, Stone. The J45 guitar is probably Gibson's most popular acoustic guitar ever made.
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. Dec 10, 2017 The term 'Black Beauty' has been well overused by now. On top of that, Gibson has reused serial numbers, in different years for different models. Gibson's most simplest system was introduced in 2014. Prior to 1939, all screws should be slot style.