Gibson - may be J45 from 1951 - really bad shape wondering if it's worth it to restore it
Just now looking into it. there's a Factory Order number (either 8104-11 or 3104-11
How bad is it? Would you have any photos?
It's got a small section of the headstock missing, nut/neck appear ok - the top of the body feels soft - there are a couple of the supports inside that are loose. I've got some pictures I'll send over
i uploaded some pictures but not sure they made it -
can you see the pictures i uploaded?
I don;t think they uploaded correctly - there were a couple of screens but it never offered a confirmation
let me try again
sorry - it's not letting me upload - not sure why
I can try to describe the guitar
the left side of the headstock has about a 1/4" of the wood missing from it
the machine head bracket on back is still secured to the head stock on that side
so the top screw is still there but it's probably about 1/8" from the edge of the wood to the screw
the neck seems to be ok - i removed the small plastic cover and the truss rod seem to be ok
frets are showing afe
the body has some splits in the wood
inside some of the braces are loose and the x braces on the top of the body have come unglued thus making the top feel smooshy
the plastic ring that goes around the sound hole - about a quarter of it has come out of the groove - some of th wood areound the sound hole is very fragile
the bridge appears solid and inside the bolts tha hold it down are still intact
the pickgaurd is good - not really coming up
so the botXXX XXne question is if this is worth getting this restored -
It sounds like it needs a lot of work. I would say it would be worth taking to a luthier.
that's what i was thinking.. thanks for your time
It should sell for $2000-3000 on ebay. Some people ask $4000 for these but I don't see them sell for that. The 40's ones do.
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