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Need a little help with this one

maldred

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I usually just lurk on the forum trying to learn. I don't post a lot, because I don't know a lot. Hoping someone with more knowledge than me (which is probably most of you) can help me identify this guitar. It is a gold top deluxe with no volute, no made in usa and the serial number #891541 appears to be 1968. I was under the impression that the Deluxe didn't appear until 1969. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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charliechitlins

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Not an expert but, the Deluxe started in '68.
They had no volute, but I didn't think they had the "pancake" body with the maple sandwich.
Surely an expert will chime in.
 

Subliminal lanimilbuS

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Can you find a pot where you can see the date code? 7 digit number starting with 137. The first 2 digits after the 7 are the year and the last 2 digits are the week of the year. Date the guitar anywhere from a couple months up to a year after the pot code date. I am guessing mid 69 early 70.
 

Grog

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Mine is a mid 1969, with a one piece body. Similar to yours…….
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TImk1964

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I have an early '68. Yours not a '68. Most likely as said already, a '69. Your headstock is the bigger one and the Gibson logo has no dot in the i. The '68 was a one piece mahogany, small '50s head stock with open b and o and the i dotted..
 

maldred

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I have an early '68. Yours not a '68. Most likely as said already, a '69. Your headstock is the bigger one and the Gibson logo has no dot in the i. The '68 was a one piece mahogany, small '50s head stock with open b and o and the i dotted..
thanks. after all of the responses, i also believe it to be a Dec 1969.
 

TImk1964

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thanks. after all of the responses, i also believe it to be a Dec 1969.
Here's some pics of my '68. It is actually been converted to a '57, as it as it has a pair of real pre-sticker PAFs in it and the pots and caps are from a '58. As you can see, it has a smaller head stock and the logo is different. You have a fine guitar worth some good money! I hope you enjoy it! I LOVE mine and will never sell it!!!
 

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Bruce R

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Here's some pics of my '68. It is actually been converted to a '57, as it as it has a pair of real pre-sticker PAFs in it and the pots and caps are from a '58. As you can see, it has a smaller head stock and the logo is different. You have a fine guitar worth some good money! I hope you enjoy it! I LOVE mine and will never sell it!!!
I converted a '68, below, to humbuckings when I owned it in the late 70's. I loved it but the weight was just too much.
 

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Bruce R

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... Did you keep the strats?..
Painful subject. The '63 was in brand new condition ( the photo was taken in '76 +/-) so I was too scared to play it! I was soon offered a good price for it and sold it. The '55 was stolen while I was on the road in 1982, and it just killed me. It was an amazing guitar and I swore I'd never buy another vintage instrument again. It was just an "old, used Fender" when in bought it in '72 and I preffered the "old ones" back then! Prices quickly escalated and forced me out of the market anyway. Good times, eh.
 

Jethro Rocker

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I usually just lurk on the forum trying to learn. I don't post a lot, because I don't know a lot. Hoping someone with more knowledge than me (which is probably most of you) can help me identify this guitar. It is a gold top deluxe with no volute, no made in usa and the serial number #891541 appears to be 1968. I was under the impression that the Deluxe didn't appear until 1969. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Is this your guitar? Beautiful find.
 

Bruce R

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My gosh. That is painful. What did you end up playing over the years after?
The following year, 1984, my wife surprised me and bought me a new (1983) Strat for my birthday. It was decent enough, so I used it for years. The body was kinda dead, smothered in a thick poly finish, so I bought a newer, nitro finished one a few years ago.
 
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