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    Les Paul Forum Member captaincanada's Avatar
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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    WOW is right.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Not something you see every day- a '29 L5 in cherry. Not original factory (obviously), but factory refinned in the 60's:


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Wow again! Jim, thank you for your contributions to this thread

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Here's a late 60s B-25 in Cherry



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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Not something you see every day- a '29 L5 in cherry. Not original factory (obviously), but factory refinned in the 60's:

    WOW!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I love this thread!!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    captaincanada - one of my favourite threads, thanks!

    Good to see you here JimR56


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Glad to be here, fb.

    I hope we can keep this thread going... it's going to be a challenge to find more examples!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I really am not digging red as a color normally, but isn't the Gibson cherry red with all it's varieties one gorgeous, lovable color?

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Not something you see every day- a '29 L5 in cherry. Not original factory (obviously), but factory refinned in the 60's:

    Lordy

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Hi CC, thanks for the welcome. This should be fun (I post on a few other guitar forums, but some of them are pretty slow at times).

    The '63 L5CT, aka "George Gobel" model (modified with two humbuckers) is mine. The L5CT/Gobel with the Charlie Christian pickup is not mine (unfortunately), and the L5CES sold by Skinners is not mine. The only guitars of mine that I posted photos of here are the L5CT and the Epi Sheraton.

    A few more views of my L5CT:





    Hi Jim,

    Good to see you here.

    That's a great-looking Gobel! Looks a lot like the one in my avatar, but older

    Danny W.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Thanks Danny, good to see you here too. My Gobel had a pretty rough life before I got it (in 1990), so it's more of a "player's guitar" than I'd prefer in terms of its condition, but wow what a player. My favorite of all the Gibsons I"ve ever owned.

    You've been a guitar enthusiast for a long time- have you ever come across any other rare red Gibsons from the Golden Era? Super 400's? L5's? Johnny Smith's? I know there are more out there somewhere, waiting to be rediscovered (those ones in the Tsumura book always made me dream about finding something similar).

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I just got this Casino in red that's fader quite a bit throughout the years:



    Under the trem you can see something closer to what once was:


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post

    You've been a guitar enthusiast for a long time- have you ever come across any other rare red Gibsons from the Golden Era? Super 400's? L5's? Johnny Smith's? I know there are more out there somewhere, waiting to be rediscovered (those ones in the Tsumura book always made me dream about finding something similar).
    I never owned any, other than Gobels, so probably not. I suspect that anything I might have come across on someone's stock list wound up with Tsumura eventually. I do remember several red archtops over the years, but I'm not sure at this point if they were vintage or more modern.

    I do still have a ton of dealers pre-WWW stock lists--if i find some time I'll look them over and see if there are any red ones.

    Of course, there's this one, but it's too new to qualify for this thread:



    Danny W.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    infiniteposse, very nice Casino. It may have faded, but I've seen much worse in that department. Thanks for posting it.

    Danny, thanks- I should look through my pre-www lists also.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Here's a gorgeous cardinal red Firebird I from Dave Rogers online gallery...



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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    What color is my '65 Melody Maker? "Fire Engine Red"?








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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    kwest, I believe that is "Cardinal Red"

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Ok,thanks very much!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    WHAT AN AWESOME THREAD!!!!!!!
    The older I get, the better I was.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    1965 cardinal red

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    1962

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    No offense, but I think we're getting a little off-track here. Love the 330, but cherry was a standard finish on those. If you look at the OP, this topic was originally intended for custom/unusual/rare examples of red finishes on Gibsons. I honestly love looking at things like that 330 too, but this thread could get pretty diluted if all red Gibsons were included.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by captaincanada View Post
    Nice. It seems like it's less and less common to see a burgandy finish that hasn't started fading.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    No offense, but I think we're getting a little off-track here. Love the 330, but cherry was a standard finish on those. If you look at the OP, this topic was originally intended for custom/unusual/rare examples of red finishes on Gibsons. I honestly love looking at things like that 330 too, but this thread could get pretty diluted if all red Gibsons were included.
    oops....

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    Esseries Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Found a better photo of the previously-posted '60 L5CES Custom that was sold at Skinner's awhile back:



    Also, a '60 Byrdland:



    And the original prototype L5CT, originally owned by George Gobel:


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Oh my god! Thanks for your stunning contributions JimR56!
    And thanks to everyone else for contributing! cfh, I especially dig that Firebird with the black P-90s.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Found a better photo of the previously-posted '60 L5CES Custom that was sold at Skinner's awhile back:



    Also, a '60 Byrdland:



    And the original prototype L5CT, originally owned by George Gobel:

    Amazing post!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Make no mistake, it's a refin...but I'll offer this:


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I chased the red 295 for years...gave up and did the refin just posted. Would love to hear more about this.



    Quote Originally Posted by captaincanada View Post




    Mandolin headstock!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by Frutiger View Post
    Amazing post!
    Thanks. I kind of surprised myself... I'm not known for being too computer-savvy, but I pulled off a little trick with those photos. The site where I found them had all the auction info in pdf form, so there wasn't a url for each photo that I could link to. The photos weren't very large, so I enlarged the page in my browser, then rotated them 90 degrees to take advantage of the width of the screen, then used my Mac's "screen shot" function to take snapshots of each one and copy the enlargements to my desktop. I cropped each one in the Preview app, then I uploaded them back onto the web, and voila.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Okay, it's time to take this thread to a whole new level...

    Check out these photos of a (drumroll...) MEGA-rare 1961 Crest, and see also this thread: http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=183934











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