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  • How much is a 1946 Gibson J 45 worth?

    So my grandma has this old Gibson that used to be my grandpas. I am hoping to have possession of it someday but I was just curious how much it is worth? I am pretty sure it is a 1946 Model. Not 100% sure though. Here is a picture


    Anyone know much it might be worth? Or even what year it probably is?
    I dont have a good signature yet because I just registered. Oh well!

  • #2
    That's awesome. Don't know about value, but if you post the serial number and/or FON stamped inside, I'll get you the manufacturing information.

    If I were you, I'd never sell it.
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    • #3
      Can't say for sure, but I'm sure we're talking 5 figures here - and I don't mean around $10K.
      Gear:
      2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
      2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
      2010 Martin D-16GT
      2006 Larrivee OM-03R
      1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
      1989 Kramer Stryker
      197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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      • #4
        That's awesome. Don't know about value, but if you post the serial number and/or FON stamped inside, I'll get you the manufacturing information.

        If I were you, I'd never sell it.


        I cant post a serial number or anything, the guitar is in another province (my grandmas house) so I cant get that. She cant get pictures for me either. I wont sell it if I end up with it eventually, the guitar has a lot of personal value to me and it sounds incredible so I wouldn't do that.
        I dont have a good signature yet because I just registered. Oh well!

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        • #5
          It's a most valuable family heirloom... Enjoy it and have your grandchildren enjoy it. I hope you have some of Grandpa's playing recorded too!
          tRump is NOT great, nor will history EVER say he was.

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          • #6
            Can't say for sure, but I'm sure we're talking 5 figures here - and I don't mean around $10K.


            late 40s j-45s were going for between 3 & 7k a couple years ago, so that would be a big bump. much more value as an heirloom than as a collectable.

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            • #7
              So my grandma has this old Gibson that used to be my grandpas. I am hoping to have possession of it someday but I was just curious how much it is worth? I am pretty sure it is a 1946 Model. Not 100% sure though. Here is a picture


              Anyone know much it might be worth? Or even what year it probably is?


              It definetely looks like a '46-47. In 46 Gibson dropped the banner but kept the scroll logo...the bridge looks right, white was the original color for the tuners, but they were more of a butter bean style...rounder. They may have been replaced. In the 50's Gibson went with belly bridges. Check the design around the sound hole...it should have 4 rings. Here's a few pics of a '47.....

              As far as price goes, it depends on how original, condition, etc....$5,000+ even with the alterations. Depending on the sound....could go for well over $7500-9000 in the US market...more overseas.




              Steve Goodman Fan/Eddie Wright Fan/Damon Fowler Fan 2006 Martin OM21, 2014 Martin GPC12string, 2012 Gibson J45 Standard Spruce/mahogany1969 Framus 12 String Spruce/Mahogany1990's Larrivee D2 (Spruce/Mahogany)2007-8 Guild C0-2C (Spruce/Mahogany)2009 Recording King RO-26 (Spruce/Mahogany)1962-3 Gibson LG2 (Spruce/Mahogany)

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              • #8
                I had a `51 and a 52 J50. Best guitars I`ve ever had. As much as the vintage market fluctuates I would hate to guess the worth, but my guess would be $5-7K.. Call my friend Dave Crocker at Fly by Night Music is Neosho MO (417-451-5110) and he will tell you exactly how much it is worth today. Dave started the Texas guitar shows and is one of the biggest vintage guys in the US.

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                • #9
                  Can't say for sure, but I'm sure we're talking 5 figures here - and I don't mean around $10K.



                  That's only if it can play "Dream On"
                  Test it out and see if it can play that.
                  "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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