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    1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    Hi Everyone - If my memory serves me correctly, Gibson used Lifton, Stone and GEIB for their guitar cases in the 50's. In the picture below, the style on the left is Lifton (badged on the inside), but does anyone know the manufacturer for the style on the right? No badge inside, but the "Gibson" badge near the handle. Cheers!


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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    Looks like another Lifton to me.
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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Looks like another Lifton to me.
    It very well could be Tom. The material certainly looks similar/the same. All of my cases like the ones on the left A) have an interior Lifton badge and B) no exterior Gibson badge, while all of my cases on the right have the opposite (no interior Lifton badge, but an exterior Gibson). So perhaps Lifton manufactured both, but sold the cases on the left into the market and the cases on the right directly to Gibson?

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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    definitely Lifton for that one

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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    I think most Lifton cases I have seen did not have a Lifton logo.
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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    Quote Originally Posted by treyrab View Post
    It very well could be Tom. The material certainly looks similar/the same. All of my cases like the ones on the left A) have an interior Lifton badge and B) no exterior Gibson badge, while all of my cases on the right have the opposite (no interior Lifton badge, but an exterior Gibson). So perhaps Lifton manufactured both, but sold the cases on the left into the market and the cases on the right directly to Gibson?
    My cases reflect this too - if there's a Gibson badge on the outside there's no Lifton badge on the inside and vice versa. You're theory sounds very plausible to me.

    Oh and whilst I'm here, I'm absolutely loving you're old ES-5N Switchmaster that's now mine.

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    Re: 1950's Gibson Case Manufacturers

    Quote Originally Posted by Frutiger View Post
    Oh and whilst I'm here, I'm absolutely loving you're old ES-5N Switchmaster that's now mine.

    I'm really glad to hear that and to know that it is in good hands!

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