(FON 2426-45) Excellent condition, original sunburst finish showing some playing wear. Original banner peghead wartime Gibson. The factory order number seems to indicate this was built in 1945, but it has all the features of a 1943 guitar. It has the black stripe down the center of the top, riveted tuners, no truss rod adjustment at the headstock, and the lower belly bridge, all being features usually only found on 1943 models. Bought from the son of the original owner. Has mahogany back and sides, bookmatched two pice Adirondack red spruce top, tapered headstock, multi ply top binding, and the small pickguard. Original tuners and finish. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these Banner era guitars. Its been played a fair amount and shows some strap burn and wear on the bass side and the usual nicks and dings all over of a well loved guitar. There is a repaired back seam and it looks like the inside seam lining was partially replaced. I suspect a neck set was done at some time in the past as well, as the action is about perfect. It was gigged for the last five years, so the sound just rolls out of it. The more you dig in, the more the guitar gives back. The sound is very full, rich and well balanced. Its been professionally refretted with modern vintage size wire and the frets were just dressed and the guitar set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Jerry also removed the endpin jack and fitted one of Bob Colosi's endpin plugs. The endpin looks right and fits the appearance of the guitar. Has the original tuners and finish. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. Hard to find these in decent shape. Comes with a newer hardshell case.
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