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C. E. Jackson


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GIBSON 1939 EH-185 (v.1a) 8 STRING C.C. PICKUP
Gibson only shipped 10 EH-185 8 String Steels.




This instrument was ordered directly from Gibson by original owner, George "Hula" Hines, a professional musician,
with knob locations as shown. These facts were verified to me by his son, Larry Hines. This model has a U-magnet
pickup, a.k.a. "Charlie Christian Pickup", and metal insert painted glossy black.
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1950 GIBSON ROYALTONE (v.1) P-90 Pickup with Adjustable Pole-Pieces

Gibson's First Use of the Famous P-90 Pickup with Adjustable Pole Pieces. Later Used on
Ultratone, Century, BR-6, BR-9, Console Grande, and Consolette Steels.















The Royaltone was introduced in July, 1950, and shipped later in 1950. Royaltones with natural tops were
made from 1950 until 1952. The natural top was a maple veneer glued to the hardwood body, which was
painted chocolate brown.
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1959 GIBSON CONSOLE GRANDE GC-523 "4-8-4" PICKUP TRIPLE NECK
Gibson’s Last Natural Console Grande: 1956-1959: 37 Shipped











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When I purchased this steel from Charlie Norris, it had a green felt covering the entire back up to the
head-stock. Charlie said the green felt was on the back when he purchased it new in 1935, and that he
had never taken it off for any repairs or other reason. Since I purchased it, I have not taken the felt off
for repairs or other reason. I don't have any books showing photos of the pickup, etc.

Several previous Forum posts show photos of pickup details for National 6 string pickups, but I did not
find photos for a 7 string pickup (both are probably the same). If anyone has a 7 string National, I would
appreciate posting of photos of the pickup, if the 7 is different from the 6.

Also, does anyone know how many of these steels were made?

Thanks,

C. E. Smile


1935 NATIONAL ELECTRIC HAWAIIAN 7 STRING
The Details Of This Casting Have Always Interested Me




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