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What guitar do I have here?

sniggihwerdna

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fernieite

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Welcome to the forum.
That style of guitar is a double cutaway Les Paul Junior.
The original vintage Gibson DC Juniors were made from 1958 to 1961. However, there have been reissues and Replicas made over the years.
 
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Jumping@Shadows

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Looks like a vintage Jnr, but the tenon end is the wrong shape plus there’s no maple fillet visible in the truss rod channel which extends the full length of the tenon, and also the board doesn’t look like Brazillian RW celluloid inlays.
 

guitplayer

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Looks like a vintage Jnr, but the tenon end is the wrong shape plus there’s no maple fillet visible in the truss rod channel which extends the full length of the tenon, and also the board doesn’t look like Brazillian RW celluloid inlays.
If it were vintage, the tailpiece would be slanted.
 

sniggihwerdna

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Cool. Good to know. It's got no serial # stamp visible, not a trace of imprint in the wood. That makes it seem like it's not modern either? Is it possibly a true counterfeit? It plays well either way!
 

brandtkronholm

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I think it's a stripped reissue - but this is a guess.
It really needs an in-hand inspection.
(I really don't think it's a counterfeit.)
But - the fact that it plays and sounds great is what matters!
Awesome!
 

Bruce R

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If it were vintage, the tailpiece would be slanted.
Yeah, that was my initial observation, too. The tailpiece studs weren't as staggered once Gibson went with the "lightning bolt" bridge in '63 or so. Also, the headstock seemed to be in too good of condition to be a 50's Junior.

Still looks like a solid guitar with many miles left on it to enjoy.
 

Wally

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I would pull the controls and look at the date codes on the pots. Imho, it is no older than 1988.
 

Aloha_Ark

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Remove the dogear cover from the pickup, and see the metal plate has the right shade, and the masking tape has aged to a mellow color. Without a serial number, resale price will take a big hit. The cap looks like a real bumblebee, but if it is a modern reproduction, it will have a value that tests fine on a modern cap tester. The old ones usually do not register with the right capacitance on a modern meter. They can only be checked with an electric eye meter.
 
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