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Estate Sale Acoustic, is it a J45 or a LG Series?

zhivago

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That is a J45...the bridge is pre-belly, but it has the newly designed at the time "block" logo...so probably very late 40s, '48 possibly?
 

ace51

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Hard to tell for me, pictures aren’t great but I did notice the bridge and logo as you mentioned.
 

jrgtr42

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You're the winning bidder? Nice score.
I'm seeing several cracks on the top and back, presumably from being dried out in the Arizona heat / humidity (or lack thereof)
But a good luthier should be able to put it right quick enough. A session hydrating back up, patching the cracks, probbaly need to look an the bridge,
all straighforward jobs.
 

ace51

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You're the winning bidder? Nice score.
I'm seeing several cracks on the top and back, presumably from being dried out in the Arizona heat / humidity (or lack thereof)
But a good luthier should be able to put it right quick enough. A session hydrating back up, patching the cracks, probbaly need to look an the bridge,
all straighforward jobs.
so far, still can't be 100% its a J45, not sure how one can tell other than measurements if its a J45 of LG series from this period.
 

ace51

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It's 100% a J45.
great news. Every since I sold my 56’ country western I’ve wanted another. Can’t wait to check this one out.
 
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Considering the distance between the pickguard and the side the guitar side, the waist heigth relative to the soundhole and the general shape, I'd rather say it is an LG-2.
 

Wally

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The perspectives of those pictures are not good for seeing the guitar, but I think it is a J45.....1947 or later. If the headstock is tapered, it is a 1950 or earlier..back to 1947 due to the logo as noted earlier. There will be a factory order number inside. If the headstock is not tapered, there could be a letter at the beginning of that factory order number....Z is 1951, Y is 1952, etc.
 

Wilko

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NOT j-45. That is LG shape.

Here's j-45. Look at the waistine:
gibson-J-45-1946-original.jpg
 

Wally

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Wilco, that is why I said that ‘I think’. The first pic in the sale is taken from a perspective that seems To perhaps exaggerate the butt of the guitar.. The last pic exaggerates the other end of the body....hard to tell, imho. I will admit that in the first pic the waist may exhibit the sharper curves of the smaller LG guitars.
 

ace51

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well how about that...

Now, LG1 or LG2? anyway to tell without feeling for bracing?
 

Wilko

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Still good buy, and it will sound awesome!
 

ace51

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Thanks.
Appears to be a LG-1. After much research I found LG-2’s typically have a strip of wood down the center that you can see through the sound hole.
 

ace51

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got er' in, not too bad, needs new tuner buttons and bridge re-set and maybe a crack repair but not as bad as the photos, biggest thing is neck is fine and action is low. how bout dat.

Looks like its a 1950 LG1 from the FON (5490-14)

I received a ton of how to play guitar books and songs along with a invitation to play on a radio station from ~1950-1952, cool stuff!
 

Frutiger

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It's an LG body. That bridge has been messed with - should have a fully slotted saddle, not a drop in.
 

VamboRool

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As fas as t know, the LG series was built on a smaller body, 14 1/8 inches across the lower bout. The J series was larger, 16 1/8 inches across. Should just be able to measure and know exactly which model you have. LG-0/1 are ladder braced, braces run perpendicular to the strings. LG-2/3 are x-braced. Should be pretty easy to tell which is which.
 
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