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mdittman

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Just picked this up locally online. It has some glued cracks on top and needs some proper vintage style tuners but still very cool. I was told it was a 1949 and judging from the headstock shape, logo, and pickguard that seems about right. It was dry and dirty when I picked it up so I felt I had to rescue it.
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Nice score! :thumb:

Looks like an L-50.

Can you see any numbers in the f holes?

Some close up pics of the top and the back, as well as the inlays would be awesome if you have the chance.

Is the back flat or arched?

Congrats on a really nice old Gibby!
 

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Nice score! :thumb:

Looks like an L-50.

Can you see any numbers in the f holes?

Some close up pics of the top and the back, as well as the inlays would be awesome if you have the chance.

Is the back flat or arched?

Congrats on a really nice old Gibby!
I'll post some more photos tomorrow. Yes, it's an L-50 and after doing a bit more research I believe it's most likely a 1948 since it's got the single layer bound tortoise pickguard, the newer ( non script ) logo, and the smaller headstock. In 1949 they went to the multi layer, black/white/black beveled pickguard. There doesn't seem to be a FON number or any other marking inside but I understand that was not uncommon at that time. Sounds and plays good even with strings that appear to be possibly a decade or more old. The guy I bought it from said it was his grandfather's and he was glad it was going to someone who would appreciate it.
 

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I'll post some more photos tomorrow. Yes, it's an L-50 and after doing a bit more research I believe it's most likely a 1948 since it's got the single layer bound tortoise pickguard, the newer ( non script ) logo, and the smaller headstock. In 1949 they went to the multi layer, black/white/black beveled pickguard. There doesn't seem to be a FON number or any other marking inside but I understand that was not uncommon at that time. Sounds and plays good even with strings that appear to be possibly a decade or more old. The guy I bought it from said it was his grandfather's and he was glad it was going to someone who would appreciate it.
Ok, here's a few more photos. Haven't had time to replace the tuners yet
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