Gibson three-screw truss rod cover....

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From the Q&A section, by George Gruhn and Walter Carter, in the May 2010 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine:

Q. It has almost become dogma that any Gibson guitar with a three-screw truss rod cover has to be a fake. However, I have a 1973-'75 Gibson Heritage Custom with a three-screw truss rod cover, and it surely does not look, feel, or sound fake. I believe I've encountered a few others from this period with three screws as well.
Have you ever seen Gibson from this period with three-screw truss rod covers?

A. I do not remember seeing a three-screw truss rod cover on a new Gibson in the 1970s (when I was looking at them back at that time), but in the last year or two, we've seen several three-screw truss rod covers; all of them on flat-tops. The upper part of the three-screw version has the same shape as Gibson's trademarked bell-shaped design, but on the bottom edge, instead of the protrusion where the bell's 'clapper' would be, the three-screw version has a staright edge that mounts flush with the nut. We have seen one three-screw example with the cover removed; the screw holes in the headstock appeared to be original and there was no evidence of a screw hole in the location of the 'clapper'.
 

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they are not all fake...i had a 1973 gibson heritage acoustic with a 3 hole truss rod cover...i contacted gibson about it and the rep sent me a picture of an old magazine ad for the heritage which indeed had 3 screws for the truss cover.
 

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I used to own a Sonex that had a 3 hole truss rod cover. I think all Sonexes do.
 

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I've seen a Gibson Acoustic that has a 3 hole truss rod cover and I know it's real. I can't remember what year it is but along the same times that are discussed.
 

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I've seen a Gibson Acoustic that has a 3 hole truss rod cover and I know it's real. I can't remember what year it is but along the same times that are discussed.
Yep, I'v seen several of them (Acoustics) like that. Most were pretty old.
 

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How nice that Gibson is helping the poor counterfeiters out!
 

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i'd be surprised to see a real les paul with 3 holes in the trc...i know old flying v's had the 3 hole plates.
 

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I've also seen the recent Canadian line of Gibson acoustics made in the old Garrison factory made that had the three hole TRC, I guess to help differentiate between USA and the imports from Canada.
 

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I searched for pics but this is all I could find that wasn't for Epiphones:

TRC3 Truss Rod Cover - Gibson® Bell 3 hole style
TRC3.jpg
 

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I used to own a Sonex that had a 3 hole truss rod cover. I think all Sonexes do.

Not all Sonex's do. I had a Black 180 Custom that had a 2 hole and I currently have a White 180 Custom that has a 3 hole trc. I've seen both versions in Gibson Ads. Not sure why this is. I do know that they are both made in USA..
 

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I've also seen the recent Canadian line of Gibson acoustics made in the old Garrison factory made that had the three hole TRC, I guess to help differentiate between USA and the imports from Canada.

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they are not all fake...i had a 1973 gibson heritage acoustic with a 3 hole truss rod cover...i contacted gibson about it and the rep sent me a picture of an old magazine ad for the heritage which indeed had 3 screws for the truss cover.
I have a 1973-1975 Hummingbird with 3 hole truss Rod cover I brought to Gibson in Bozeman to verif. There were some doe that way during the Norlin Era
 

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I have a 1973-1975 Hummingbird with 3 hole truss Rod cover I brought to Gibson in Bozeman to verif. There were some doe that way during the Norlin Era
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I have a 1973-1975 Hummingbird with 3 hole truss Rod cover I brought to Gibson in Bozeman to verif. There were some doe that way during the Norlin Era

Here a recent pic below of a 3 holed cover on a old Hummigbird being played on Norm’s Rare Guitars I just saw
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Here’s an old Bird on a recent Norm’s Rare Guitars
 

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