Help me date my Gibson Acoustic

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  1. Slevin

    Slevin Silver Supporting Member

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    hello all,

    So I’ve finally been given my grandfathers acoustic guitar (it was originally given to me in high school and is what I learned guitar on, but parents kept it when I moved to New York) and we’ve never had a concrete story on when he got it, the story behind it in general.

    I think the serial is either 855040 or 955040. Super hard to tell on the first number.

    Plays like a dream! Let me know if you have any info you can share. I’m going to contact Gibson as well but thought maybe someone here might know!



     
  2. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    Think it’s a 1968. A B25?
     
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    Mid 60s....there are replacement bridge saddles available that allow you to undo the screw adjustable bridge saddle feature.
     
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    Be patient, ask nicely and remember...No means no.

    Good luck.
     
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    It's a J-50 (or a very faded 45!) and the combination of bottom belly bridge and slope shoulders basically narrows it down to second half of '68 or '69: earlier and it would have the more familiar top belly bridge, any later and it would be a square shoulder. I want to say having a logo on the pickguard was a very short lived '68 feature but I don't pay enough attention to these to be sure.
     
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    Its a J50.
    Take a thin piece of paper and lay it over the serial number. Use a pencil and lightly rub over the numbers. You will be able to figure out the correct serial. Looking at it id say its mid sixties.
     
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    Awesome thanks everyone! 60s was the guess over the years, but couldn’t figure out if it was possibly early, mid or late. Thanks for the help!
     
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    Your right.. J series.. no idea what I was thinking... apparently I wasn’t :)


    The logo and the serial number I’m still saying 68.
     
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    Well, we almost agree on age, now we must deal with ownership; i believe the best thing to do is, put it in the hands of a musician, you can mail it to me & i will put it to good use!! Thanks!
     
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    Well I’ve been playing for 16 years and can almost play an a major chord now so I think I’ll keep it ;)
     
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    What are you gonna use major chords for, though? You need minor chords if you wanna rock! :D
     
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    I did a minor to e minor a lot today. I wonder if anyone else has figured out that combo or if I should trademark it
     
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    Try e minor to a _major_. Your brain will melt :)
     

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