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Mark Helm


From:
Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 10:21 pm     Reply with quote

Gibson owners!

The cream and burgundy '48 (give or take a year or two) Ultratone has clear volume and tone knobs. I've seen some for sale claiming to be "all original" that have numbers inside those clear knobs and others that do not. My guess is that someone's replaced theirs but I can't figure out who.

Can anyone help me out?




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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 3:16 am     Reply with quote

The book shows BR-1/Ultratones with the gold knobs and the clear knobs. I would say that they are both legit.
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Mark Helm


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Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 10:36 am     Thanks! Reply with quote

Which book are we talking about--Gruhns'?
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James Hartman


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Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:01 am     Re: Thanks! Reply with quote

Mark Helm wrote:
Which book are we talking about--Gruhns'?


Likely referencing the A.R Duchossoir book Gibson Electric Steel Guitars.
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:31 am     Reply with quote

Sorry. Yes, that book.
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George Rout


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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:34 am     Reply with quote

I have the same guitar, my red is more pinky and I'believe it's a 1946 according to Pg 79 of the Duuchossoir book.
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 12:40 pm     Reply with quote

This info might be of some help. My black Century 6 has the first version of the barrel knob, no numbers on it. That would be 1947-50.


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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 6:57 am     Reply with quote

If the numbered knobs are the shorter ones, they're undoubtedly replacements. If they are the taller numbered knobs, they may be legit if the instrument is one of the very last of the white Ultratones manufactured before Gibson redesigned the body in early 1951.
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