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VINTAGE LES PAUL CASES INFO

Tom Wittrock

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Mike and or others....Here is a few shots of the old case that I have. Has anyone else seen a latch setup like this? Judging from the wear pattern on the top inside, it looks like it would have come from a wraptail or trapeze era. It also has "feet" on both the back side of the case as well as the side oppostie the latch. It came from Parker Music in Houston...

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Sorry I missed this earlier.
I have seen these latches before. The top of the case looks flat, rather than arched. I suspect it is early, maybe 1953.
 

Tom Wittrock

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Boogie, I have the same case that you are describing (Cali) .......I do not have the star by Gibson though.....This type came with my 1956 Gold Top.......Can anyone else verify this with their 1956 ?
The Parker Logo (outside) is from here in Houston (I think) from what you posted in one picture. There is a Parker dealer here. I did not have a logo on the inside of the top part.......I do not have the Parker Logo on outside either......

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Neither this case, nor the one Boogie showed is a Cali-Girl case. I have not seen a Cali-Girl case with that latch. But, it was one more option to case makers and I have seen them on brown/pink Gibson cases before.
The Parker logo is indeed from Parker Music in Houston. :)
 

Tom Wittrock

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And, I have never seen nor heard of a rectangular Burst case as described in the previous posts. The inside color does not seem to match the pink color normally used on the Gibson cases.
I have seen several Bursts and early Goldtops that arrived in Europe in typical Gibson cases.
I also can't think of a reason to make a separate case for export.
However, I can envision a European importer ordering guitars without cases, and having cases supplied more locally.
 

DoubleBoogie

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Sorry I missed this earlier.
I have seen these latches before. The top of the case looks flat, rather than arched. I suspect it is early, maybe 1953.

Thanks Tom! Yes, the top is flat. I take it that later on, the cases went to being arched?? Do you know when this happened? Thanks again.
 

DoubleBoogie

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Boogie, I have the same case that you are describing (Cali) .......I do not have the star by Gibson though.....This type came with my 1956 Gold Top.......Can anyone else verify this with their 1956 ?
The Parker Logo (outside) is from here in Houston (I think) from what you posted in one picture. There is a Parker dealer here. I did not have a logo on the inside of the top part.......I do not have the Parker Logo on outside either......

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I think your HM is going to look really cool lounging in that case! :peace2
 

Tom Wittrock

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Thanks Tom! Yes, the top is flat. I take it that later on, the cases went to being arched?? Do you know when this happened? Thanks again.

Most brown Les Paul cases are arched on the top. I don't know the timeline for flat topped versions. I wouldn't be surprised if they co-existed with arched top versions.
 

pepejara

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Is the Custom case, (the black one with the yellow interior case), a flat top case? It looks, from Mike's pics, as it is flatter than the lifton brown case....
 

Tom Wittrock

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Is the Custom case, (the black one with the yellow interior case), a flat top case? It looks, from Mike's pics, as it is flatter than the lifton brown case....

The link in the first post goes to Mike's cases on Lilypix.
Both are archtop versions, and all the ones I have ever seen are archtopped.

Here are Mike's:

57 with single coils
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58 with humbuckers
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pepejara

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Thanks, Tom, would you say they are similar to Lifton brown cases, just black?
:salude
 

Tom Wittrock

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Thanks, Tom, would you say they are similar to Lifton brown cases, just black?
:salude

The material is "pebbled" or rough, just like the ES cases were for several years.
The brown cases have a smooth texture to the material.
Otherwise they should be the same.
 

FlamingTop

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Hey guys, any idea what year my case could be? It looks the closest to the 4 latch case used in the in the pics with the '58 burst. Here are some pics


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Cody

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It looks like it held a Les Paul with a Bigsby at some point.
 

Tom Wittrock

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All Gibson parts and pieces like that are from 1959.
Every one of them.
Check ebay. :ganz


:hee
 

buyusfear

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Could anyone please take a picture of a lifton and a reissue lifton on top of one another, and/or a black reissue historic case as well, or post over all dimensions?
I'm looking to see how similar or close the dimensions are between the two.

Thnx
 

omar

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If you bought a new Les Paul Special in 1957 with a hard case, would it be the same as an arched burst case or would it be special for the Special?
 

Calgary Flametop

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Any plan on continuing on with the case pictures? There were just as many variations in cases during the 70's than the 50's.
 
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