Rickenbacker 's original lap steel guitar, the 'Frying Pan', is one of the most collectible lap steel guitars. The Model A-22 (22-1/2' scale) and A-25 (25' scale) were introduced in 1934, and discontinued in 1958. Just for fun the three guitars would be numbers 8. Forum that is familiar with what Gibson did in respect of the serial numbers. The Incredible Lap Steel'. Gibson Electric Steel Guitars What started all this GAS business! Electric or lap steel guitars not only help to build my collection but became the core for the early years with a number approaching 100 at one point.
I found this forum trying to find out what year this lap steel is. I found this forum here in this vintage lap steel thread: after searching for 30's Gibson Lap Steel. I wonder if mine is from the 30's.
The serial # is 7316-18 which is seen in the last pic I will upload here. One thing that I am curious about is the crown emblem. In the thread mentioned above, the headstock has the four diamond emblem but mine has the crown like in the head stock on the guitar in the 'Nick Lucas on Ebay' thread. Is there a name for each emblem and do they help identify the year made?
I got this from an old man in my neighborhood. It's covered with tiny dings and general wear but for me it just adds character. He is also selling a Dobro that he thinks is from 1970 but I think it's a '73 (serial # D 1022 7) Anyway, here are the pics of the lap steel my daughter took last night with her iphone so they aren't professional quality pics.
Thanks for looking. Here is the serial number on the back of the headstock: He also has something he said is called a mandolo. It's a mandolin with a banjo body. It's VERY old and has no identifying brands or serial numbers on it and I can't find the term mandolo anywhere except about some hybrid fruit.
When I search mandolin banjo I see pics of newer versions though. Thanks again for looking at this post! Looks like an EH-125. That model was only made from 1940-42. Identifying ifo is the single binding and fleur-de-lis peghead inlay.
It is missing some fancier features of the EH-150. The fleur-de-lis peghead inlay was only used for those years on those two models. Is there something preceding the 7316? I can't tell from the pic. Because that is actually a 1943 number, but everything else I know says they didn't make the EH-125 after 42.
But there are lots of anomalies in Gibson's history. Best bet is a 1943 EH-125. Looks like an EH-125. That model was only made from 1940-42. Identifying ifo is the single binding and fleur-de-lis peghead inlay. It is missing some fancier features of the EH-150. The fleur-de-lis peghead inlay was only used for those years on those two models.
Is there something preceding the 7316? I can't tell from the pic.
Because that is actually a 1943 number, but everything else I know says they didn't make the EH-125 after 42. But there are lots of anomalies in Gibson's history. Best bet is a 1943 EH-125. Yes, the number is F7316-18. I wondered what that in-lay design was called. Thanks for the help in determining the model and year.
I wonder how you were able to determine that the factory order number is from 1940? I wonder if it would increase or decrease in value if I had the dings on the finish worked on. It plays and sounds great. Amazing sound, especially considering the electronics are 70 years old. During that era the first letter of Gibson factory order numbers designated the year. 'F' (or 'FA') is the code for 1940.
Castellated Beam Design Software. Don't touch the finish. The general rule with vintage instruments is to keep them as original as possible. It has earned those dings.
Refinished instruments are generally worth considerably less.
Description (Brief) The Gibson Guitar Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan manufactured this electric lap steel guitar from 1947 to 1959. This BR-9 model electric guitar was produced for beginners and includes fingerboard markers for ease of locating any position. This six course (6 x 1) guitar has a solid wood body, beige finish with Cremona Brown trim, combination hand rest and unit cover, and tone and volume controls.
In a 1959 Gibson catalog, the BR-9 guitar sold for $75.00 or $165.25 for the complete outfit including the guitar, case, and GA-9 amplifier. Location Currently not on view Date made 1945-1950 maker Gibson Co. Place made United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo Measurements overall: 32 in x 8 in x 3 in; 81.28 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm ID Number 1981.0530.04 accession number 1981.0530 catalog number 1981.0530.04 See more items in Data Source National Museum of American History.
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