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ldb

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Anyone help?? serial no 105001, early 70s but want to tie it down to 72 ,73 or 74 . Cheers
 

gibson-r8

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Grog will be around shortly (THE dude on low impedance lovelies) but meanwhile post pictures.
 

Grog

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Like Al said, check the pots. The first year of production, it had a standard size TOM bridge. It switched to the harmonica bridge after that. Serial numbers alone are not enough to date it until they switched to an oval decal sometime in 1975.
 

tybone

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Grog has it right. The date code on the pots will tell the story. BTW, the guitar dater project had this to say.

"Your guitar was made at the
Kalamazoo Or Nashville Plant, USA
in 1970, 1971 Or 1972
Production Number: 105001"
 

ldb

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Thanks so far guys, its got the harmonica bridge and grovers - they started prod in 71(?) , so id guess its likely 72 from the dater project and Grogs info. Near enough for me - dont fancy stripping screws or arsing up the wiring- shes got 50 years of dings already!! Always thought it was a kinda neat serial no -"001"
 

Grog

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It was defiantly made in Kalamazoo, Nashville didn’t open up until sometime in 1975. Here is a shot of my ‘73 for comparison.

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ldb

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Hi Grog , Snap - apart from the heads (kidney grovers) oh ,aye ..and the cleanliness !! ..and the stop chrome flaking...due to my acid sweat!
 

AA00475Bassman

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I remember I guy in high school bought one 1975 -76, his name was Steve he also had a white maple neck 70's Strat .

Steve would play a Martin he had between class every day he was the player I would never be !
 

ldb

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Not seen one like that b4...cool tool... no hi-lo, and jack must b back 2 a sensible place, always worried about pulling a lead and cracking the plate..must b losing plasticiser by now.....
 

ldb

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I remember I guy in high school bought one 1975 -76, his name was Steve he also had a white maple neck 70's Strat .

Steve would play a Martin he had between class every day he was the player I would never be !
Steves Da mustve had a few pennies, or Stevie had a very good after school job- Weeding or cutting grass?.?!!.....took me months to save the deposit for mine !!
 

Big Al

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Yup! Those are from the last version. Notice they are built on a typical Les Paul body, reduced in size and shape as well as having a maple cap. The older all mahogany larger body was never seen again but the mahogany cap reappeared on that reissue/tribute a while back. Has anyone seen an all mahogany, (mahogany cap), version with the last, regular body size?
 

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Steves Da mustve had a few pennies, or Stevie had a very good after school job- Weeding or cutting grass?.?!!.....took me months to save the deposit for mine !!
Steves dad had the cash all this guy did was play guitar !
 

ldb

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1978 Kalamazoo Les Paul Recording. Christmas present from my wife.
Jeez-o.... wish my wife appreciated me, or LPs enough to give me 1...... "Youve already got one "... and "its an investment" didnt cut it............
 
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