I bought this guitar from an estate auction, the same as you see it! I started looking on eBAY to see how a good deal it was worth and to my surprise there it was in the sold section! I compared the serial numbers and sure sufficient there it was, only it was blue and in pieces! Evidently the man whose estate I was buying from had refinished the top and reassemble the guitar. BLEW MY MIND! He bought it and was nice sufficient to have found a period case for it, because as you can read in the advert that he bought it from, he bought it with no case. (copies of eBAY advert enclosed)
The only thing I actually have done to it is, I installed oil filled capacitors in it and put new strings on it. I additionally had it set up by a luthier that used to work at Gibson in Nashville.
It has the original Kluson double ring tuners, The original Mini-Humbuckers, that sound great running through the caps that I put on, the original backplate and truss rod covers, tail piece, bridge, and the clasp is there for the case, just needs a hinge pin. The pots and serial number tell me it’s from 1971 additionally that’s what it was sold to me as. The old Gibson strap is additionally included. Weight is 10lbs. 4.3 oz. for the guitar alone, according to my mail scale
The fret board down by the head stock is worn from play, the strap buttons have been changed and one has been moved and it looks like one of the bushings for the Kluson tuners has been changed, the lower E.
On top of the headstock, the name Sherry Rankin is scribed, (as pictured) and I don’t know who that is! Do you know who it is? I would be interested to know. Thanks Dave