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    Les Paul Forum Member generankin's Avatar
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    Acoustic Old wood = good wood

    I've got me a 1942 SJ that's been rode hard & put away wet. Previous owners have stripped off the sunburst, filled top cracks, put a new back on it (several of these previous owners had bought the guitar from me, did the "work", then defaulted on paying, so I repoed it), and I had it shoved back in a closet for years. Played my new-in-1973 Alvarez-Yairi copy of a herringbone and was a happy bunny. Then I was cleaning out the closet, found the old Gibson with a ding in the upper bout, so I hauled it off to get fixed. A year later (the guy's slow, but pretty good) I got it home and played it.

    Revelation: Even being beat-up, 66-year-old axe, probably made from some of the last pre-war wood Gibson had on hand, leaves a damned-good Martin copy in the dust!
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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    PICS!

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    I had a 1943 Epiphone Olympic that had been left in a garage for years, owned by a mechanic, covered in motor oil.

    Once the oil residue got removed, "shaved off" was actually more like it, that guitar was an F-bomb of an instrument before it was stolen.

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    Not a Gibson, but...

    Bought a 1890s Washburn as a wall hanger at a guitar show. Somebody had painted over the entire top, likely to cover a number of ugly splint repairs.

    When I strung it up at home I was amazed by the tone. I then had the top stripped and French polished. Great sounding guitar, despite about 5-6 large top cracks.

    I later got an 1885 Washburn - completely crack free, and even better sounding.

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    My 1954 LG-1 sounds sweeeet sweet sweet. Talk about blues!!
    Everything is original and in good nick apart from a later bridge (some time in the 70's most likely) and lefty nut.

    It's lefty converted, but an easily reversible procedure.



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    C: I want to buy some cheese.

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    Quote Originally Posted by AtomEve View Post
    PICS!
    OK. Here goes:



    The upper bout repair:

    The top cracks repaired:


    Howzzat?
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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    '42 was one of the absolute best years for Gibson Flattops. That's a nice player. Looks like a Sitka top.

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    Just beautiful!!!!!

    Here's my Flat top harem!

    50 D-28, 52 J-45, 56 J-45 and 37 L-00!




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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    Quote Originally Posted by AtomEve View Post
    PICS!
    Here ya go:



    and:

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    Re: Old wood = good wood

    Is the 1942 a "Banner" headstock? BTW, that book is a pretty good read. Seems odd though that even to this day Gibson will not admit they made any guitars between 1942 till 1946

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