Initials in truss rod cavity?

metalmike222

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This is awesome! I didn't even realize that this was a thing until I saw this thread. I just checked my 79 Standard, and it looks like Randy Leonard did final assembly on mine...

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Its heartwarming to see those initials so cool :applause: proud workers for sure.
 

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When I worked at the truss plant, I used to stamp the trusses and wall panels with a ‘Final Inspector’ stamp as they left the line. I sure hope that no home remodeler sees that stamp, 50 years from now, and researches me. I'm afraid they'll be awfully disappointed.
 

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This is my 1978 custom with a RL mark... I’ve owned it over 40 years.

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This is my 1977 Custom with its own mark
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the initials RL in the 1978 truss rod stand for Randy Leonard who was one of pair of father and son who worked
for gibson I think the fathers name was Floyd Leonard I think not 100% sure but sure RL stands for Randy Leonard
supposedly they initialed the best guitars they worked on. truss rod cavity and control cavity not sure if they worked in
Nashville or Kalamazoo
 

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the initials RL in the 1978 truss rod stand for Randy Leonard who was one of pair of father and son who worked
for gibson I think the fathers name was Floyd Leonard I think not 100% sure but sure RL stands for Randy Leonard
supposedly they initialed the best guitars they worked on. truss rod cavity and control cavity not sure if they worked in
Nashville or Kalamazoo
I recall at the other forum, Randy was sent a pic of a similar cavity, and confirmed that RL was his brother Ricky Leonard. Randy would use the initials RFL..as I remember.
 

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