Any Gibson acoustic archtops in the house?

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  1. RadioFM74

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    The 465 was one of the models that were not imported in the UK and it has no direct correspondence in the Selmer line. It is a 16”, carved spruce top, rosewood lam sides and back guitar. I’ve grown very fond of it!
     
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    I had a 50s Epiphone archtop back in the early 70s.. It had a neck mounted pickup. Not sure what model it was.
    Also in the 70s, I owned an older es-175. I like it a lot but I was starting to get into punk and the 175 would feedback badly at any kind of volume.
    Sign... Nice memories.

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    Here is my L-4. Unfortunately the serial has faded so late '20s to 1931 is all I know.
     

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    Great looking guitars, thanks for posting.

    After I posted I then thought I should have just said "acoustic archtops" and not limited to Gibson's. Just part of being an old fart.
     
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    I don't have a photo yet, but I inherited Dad's 1969 L-48, which is like the L-50's budget cousin. It's pretty much the same guitar, but in a darker sunburst with dot inlays instead of the abalone squares and a single-ply pickguard. There's also a DeArmond Guitar Mike like the one on the right of RadioFM74's picture. His doesn't have the volume control built in, but there's a DeArmond volume pedal of similar vintage.
     
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    Nobody other than myself owns an X braced "two hump" Gibson archtop?
     
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    Well, they are rare compared to the standard parallel braced plectrum guitars. You would probably be in fine company over at the UMGF.
     
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    Love my ES-175. But don't play it as much as my Teles and LPs. Maybe it's time to pass it on...?


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    Just my ES-175D that I've had for 30+ years. That L5 I've always lusted after is still elusive. Maybe someday.
     
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    I have a little bit of a lust problem with an L-30 at the shop where I used to work.
     
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    When I was a little kid first dreaming about guitars, acoustic archtops were the guitars I always pictured in my head. I didn't know anything about guitars at all, but archtops were SO cool looking that they became the ideal for me. Now, decades later with many guitars having come and gone, and many in the collection, I still have never owned one.
    Love the ones posted here.
     
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    Here's my one and only archtop. Not exactly sure - headstock and other specs match what is described in one of Gruhn's books as a Kalamazoo K-30. Serial # however is FW-532, which identifies as a Recording King, according to same book. No truss rod and pronounced V neck. Seems to be WWII era.

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    Lower strings sound good; b and high e sound muffled. Acquired off of ebay about 2004. It's the one guitar that doesn't get out of the case much. Maybe if I replaced the saddle part of the bridge?

    Pretty nice sunburst though.
     
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    Most probable, its the bridge or the bridge inserts. The should have a sharp top and make a clean angle over the bridge. Only the base look original, the upper parts looks like an Ovation spare part. Better pics would be nice.
    Look at shops like stew-mac for nicer parts. Only caveat: these bridges need some fitting labour on the base to the guitar top.
     
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    Thanks for the response! I have not looked at this closely in a long time.

    Here are some close-up photos:

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    Perhaps its not just the bridge-saddle - might look at replacing the nut as well.
     
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    The b looks good, but the e look like cut too deep and not sharp enough.
     
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    I inherited this 1934 L-50 from my father's god father. It's a dream to play and sounds like it is still in the jazz combo in New Orleans where it came from.
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