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    Default One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    Looks like a Gibson ES120. Had a molded pick guard with all the electronics mounted to it.


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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    That is a Gibson ES-120T, a budget model thinline electric made from 1962 to 1970. It had a Melody Maker style pickup, and the controls and jack were mounted on a thick pickguard which was screwed into the top. The single round hole on the treble side provided clearance for the body of the jack.

    A nearly identical model was also made at the same time under the Epiphone brand. It was called "Granada," which might be upsetting to some fans of the Mastertone banjos.

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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    That is a Gibson ES-120T, a budget model thinline electric made from 1962 to 1970. It had a Melody Maker style pickup, and the controls and jack were mounted on a thick pickguard which was screwed into the top. The single round hole on the treble side provided clearance for the body of the jack.

    A nearly identical model was also made at the same time under the Epiphone brand. It was called "Granada," which might be upsetting to some fans of the Mastertone banjos.
    Thanks for the info -- never came across that one before!
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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    So Bernie, are we to assume you bought this?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    I think it has to be the Gibson ES-120T Thinline.
    I can't think of another that has that goofy pickguard running all the way down the top.

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    From: http://guitarhq.com/gibson4.html#es120t

    Gibson ES-120T Thinline Fully Hollow Electric Archtop.
    Available: 1962 to 1971
    Collectibility Rating: D- (Gibson's most basic and least expensive student model electric thinline archtop. Even cheaper than an ES-125t). The Gibson ES-120t was an inexpensive guitar for Gibson to produce because the pickguard assembly, which holds all the guitar's electronics, can be made off the guitar. It is then "dropped in" to the body as the last assembly step. The front of the guitar is routed like a small swimming pool to accomodate the pickguard and pickups/electronics. This is why the guitar only has one "f" hole. A common problem with this model is the overly thick pickguard can crack, since the output jack is part of the pickguard, adding lots of pressure to the pickguard upon jack insertion/removal. 
1962 Gibson ES-120T specs: 
16.25" wide, 1 "f" hole, Melody Maker style pickup mounted on the pickguard, knobs and jack also mounted on the pickguard, single bound top and back, dot fingerboard inlays, decal peghead logo, sunburst finish. 

1971 Gibson ES-120TD discontinued. 

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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    Thanks for the picture and the description. The model was pretty much identified in posts 2 and 3. I never knew these existed.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: One Gibson L-model I have never seen before

    Make a decent wall clock. But thats it

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