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jrgtr42

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I was thinking that the marking inside the sound hole read L-50.
Obviously needs some luthier attention. What's blue book on these guys?
I'm not enough an expert on those models to know the year without other assistance.
 

garywright

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me neither ..judging by the tuners I’d guess late 50s-ish
 
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JIMI55LP

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The tuner are earlies 50s as they look to be closed ( no worm shaft )? The tuner houses on my 52 unbound are closed. There should be a serial@ inside beginning with a letter and that says the year, I'm thinking I remember M means 1954?
 

S. Weiger

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The tuner are earlies 50s as they look to be closed ( no worm shaft )? The tuner houses on my 52 unbound are closed. There should be a serial@ inside beginning with a letter and that says the year, I'm thinking I remember M means 1954?
The numbers you refer to are not proper serial numbers, but FON's (Factory order numbers) consisting of a prefix letter followed by a number, e.g. 1954 is "X".
The L50 on Ebay may have a FON, but sometimes you have to call in Sherlock Holmes to locate it, as it was for internal use mainly.

1952 Z
1953 Y
1954 X
1955 W
1956 V
1957 U
1958 T
1959 S
1960 R
1961 Q

After early 1961 all guitars have the impressed proper serial # on back of the headstock, and the above FON scheme was ended.

This ebay Gibson looks in dire need of restauration. My sincere condolences & all the best to the winning bidder.
 

JIMI55LP

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Your correct, it's been 5 years since I examines my brothers 1954 which did have an "X".
 
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