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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBoogie View Post
    Mike and or others....Here is a few shots of the old case that I have. Has anyone else seen a latch setup like this? Judging from the wear pattern on the top inside, it looks like it would have come from a wraptail or trapeze era. It also has "feet" on both the back side of the case as well as the side oppostie the latch. It came from Parker Music in Houston...









    Sorry I missed this earlier.
    I have seen these latches before. The top of the case looks flat, rather than arched. I suspect it is early, maybe 1953.
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by tspoon View Post
    Boogie, I have the same case that you are describing (Cali) .......I do not have the star by Gibson though.....This type came with my 1956 Gold Top.......Can anyone else verify this with their 1956 ?
    The Parker Logo (outside) is from here in Houston (I think) from what you posted in one picture. There is a Parker dealer here. I did not have a logo on the inside of the top part.......I do not have the Parker Logo on outside either......

    Neither this case, nor the one Boogie showed is a Cali-Girl case. I have not seen a Cali-Girl case with that latch. But, it was one more option to case makers and I have seen them on brown/pink Gibson cases before.
    The Parker logo is indeed from Parker Music in Houston.
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    And, I have never seen nor heard of a rectangular Burst case as described in the previous posts. The inside color does not seem to match the pink color normally used on the Gibson cases.
    I have seen several Bursts and early Goldtops that arrived in Europe in typical Gibson cases.
    I also can't think of a reason to make a separate case for export.
    However, I can envision a European importer ordering guitars without cases, and having cases supplied more locally.
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by TW59 View Post
    Sorry I missed this earlier.
    I have seen these latches before. The top of the case looks flat, rather than arched. I suspect it is early, maybe 1953.
    Thanks Tom! Yes, the top is flat. I take it that later on, the cases went to being arched?? Do you know when this happened? Thanks again.

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by tspoon View Post
    Boogie, I have the same case that you are describing (Cali) .......I do not have the star by Gibson though.....This type came with my 1956 Gold Top.......Can anyone else verify this with their 1956 ?
    The Parker Logo (outside) is from here in Houston (I think) from what you posted in one picture. There is a Parker dealer here. I did not have a logo on the inside of the top part.......I do not have the Parker Logo on outside either......

    I think your HM is going to look really cool lounging in that case!

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBoogie View Post
    Thanks Tom! Yes, the top is flat. I take it that later on, the cases went to being arched?? Do you know when this happened? Thanks again.
    Most brown Les Paul cases are arched on the top. I don't know the timeline for flat topped versions. I wouldn't be surprised if they co-existed with arched top versions.
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Is the Custom case, (the black one with the yellow interior case), a flat top case? It looks, from Mike's pics, as it is flatter than the lifton brown case....
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by pepejara View Post
    Is the Custom case, (the black one with the yellow interior case), a flat top case? It looks, from Mike's pics, as it is flatter than the lifton brown case....
    The link in the first post goes to Mike's cases on Lilypix.
    Both are archtop versions, and all the ones I have ever seen are archtopped.

    Here are Mike's:

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    58 with humbuckers
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Thanks, Tom, would you say they are similar to Lifton brown cases, just black?
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by pepejara View Post
    Thanks, Tom, would you say they are similar to Lifton brown cases, just black?
    The material is "pebbled" or rough, just like the ES cases were for several years.
    The brown cases have a smooth texture to the material.
    Otherwise they should be the same.
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    Many thanks again, Tom
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Hey guys, any idea what year my case could be? It looks the closest to the 4 latch case used in the in the pics with the '58 burst. Here are some pics











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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    It looks like it held a Les Paul with a Bigsby at some point.

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    the headstock is really snug into the top portion

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    All Gibson parts and pieces like that are from 1959.
    Every one of them.
    Check ebay.


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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Could anyone please take a picture of a lifton and a reissue lifton on top of one another, and/or a black reissue historic case as well, or post over all dimensions?
    I'm looking to see how similar or close the dimensions are between the two.

    Thnx
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    If you bought a new Les Paul Special in 1957 with a hard case, would it be the same as an arched burst case or would it be special for the Special?

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Any plan on continuing on with the case pictures? There were just as many variations in cases during the 70's than the 50's.

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by Calgary Flametop View Post
    Any plan on continuing on with the case pictures? There were just as many variations in cases during the 70's than the 50's.
    You could start a thread in the Sunburst Pub on that subject.
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by buyusfear View Post
    Could anyone please take a picture of a lifton and a reissue lifton on top of one another, and/or a black reissue historic case as well, or post over all dimensions?
    I'm looking to see how similar or close the dimensions are between the two.

    Thnx
    ...no measurements but their really close; older ones were a LOT lighter (7lbs 3ounces) and the new one pictured (10 + lbs) if that helps




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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Silly question, I know, but what about Stone cases?

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    I prefer the brown/darker brown interior one TW had posted awhile back with o'ring inside and around the perimeter of the guitar. looks to be a well fit case for LP.

    I just cant think of the name...

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    Blk Lifton Case:








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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Thanks!
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by buyusfear View Post
    Could anyone please take a picture of a lifton and a reissue lifton on top of one another, and/or a black reissue historic case as well, or post over all dimensions?
    I'm looking to see how similar or close the dimensions are between the two.

    Thnx
    I guess I haven't opened this thread in a couple years, but here's a late reply to an old request:









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    The RI Liftons are cool looking and are fairly faithful in appearance to the originals. The most notable difference is the weight. The RI case weighs almost twice as much as the original.

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Here is a new site that is devoted to vintage musical instrument cases:

    http://www.stevekirtley.org/vintagecases

    The creator of the site announced its launch in this thread on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum:

    http://theunofficialmartinguitarforu...strument-Cases
    Last edited by Brown Recluse; 05-30-15 at 05:16 AM. Reason: Updated Link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown Recluse View Post
    Here is a new site that is devoted to vintage musical instrument cases:

    http://kirtleymusic.home.comcast.net...ntagecases.htm

    The creator of the site announced its launch in this thread on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum:

    http://theunofficialmartinguitarforu...strument-Cases
    Cool website! Thanks!
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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    some of these cases have a lot of stories to tell.

    - Don

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    The question that's always bugged me, is that since Gibson had cases that fit Les Pauls already, what was the purpose of the "Cali-Girl" case anyway? They always looked like they were designed to fit something else, and were used because they would accommodate a Les Paul. Any one know the answer to this, other than "because it's Gibson".

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    I've seen 2 of the brown FLATTOP Cali cases years ago, and was told that they were optional upgrades for the TVs and Specials....any truth to that or were they for really early Goldtops?

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    Quote Originally Posted by lanman View Post
    Wow, I did not know that LP Customs came in black cases!

    Does any one know the difference between these and the 68 LP Cases?

    Great Job Mike!
    What a great thread!

    Sorry for replying to a very old post, but I've been trying to research this very question as of late. They look very similar with the yellow interior, etc.

    From what I've noticed (just from pics online), it seems that the second latch on the '50s Custom case is lined up just barely to the left of the neck support if you're looking at it from the side, with the "Gibson" badge to the left of that (not quite centered with the storage area). On the late '60s cases, this latch seems to be shifted farther to the left (maybe 1-2 inches) and there is usually no "Gibson" badge. Can anyone confirm that this is a fairly consistent difference? Are there any others?

    Here's a comparison from the same source of a '55 and a '69, I believe...




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    Quote Originally Posted by bossaddict View Post
    What a great thread!

    Sorry for replying to a very old post, but I've been trying to research this very question as of late. They look very similar with the yellow interior, etc.

    From what I've noticed (just from pics online), it seems that the second latch on the '50s Custom case is lined up just barely to the left of the neck support if you're looking at it from the side, with the "Gibson" badge to the left of that (not quite centered with the storage area). On the late '60s cases, this latch seems to be shifted farther to the left (maybe 1-2 inches) and there is usually no "Gibson" badge. Can anyone confirm that this is a fairly consistent difference? Are there any others?

    Here's a comparison from the same source of a '55 and a '69, I believe...



    Totally different cases and manufacturers would be my guess.
    The interior colors actually differ greatly, and the Tolex is smoother on the '69 case, with different grain, plus different handles and hardware..

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    Re: VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

    I know it's not a Fifties case, but what era is the black with purple lining? I want to say late `60's, but..
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    I know it's not a Fifties case, but what era is the black with purple lining? I want to say late `60's, but..
    Thanks!
    Pretty sure those came out starting around 1970, although hopefully someone else who knows will chime in.
    The 68s were black with yellow/gold lining.
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