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Old 01-16-2019, 06:53 PM
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Default Did they ever build Banner Gibson J-45s with a 1 11/16" nut width?

Hi guys,

I was checking out the Carter's Vintage Guitars website earlier today and saw a '44 Banner Gibson J45 for sale. I don't doubt Carter's and it does from my inexperienced eye look like a banner Gibson with a replacement upper belly bridge that are usually found on the fifties J-45s along with a pickguard that they were using around the 60's, I think. But what threw me off was the listing of the nut width as 1 11/16". From what I know weren't all Banners built with a 1 3/4" nut width? Could this have just been a typo on Carter's end?

Anyway's, I'm just window shopping and salivating after a guitar that I can't afford but would love to hear from the Gibson experts on here. BTW, for those that may be interested, it seems to be listed at a pretty good price in comparison to other Banner's I've seen listed.

https://cartervintage.com/collection...n-j-45-c1944-2
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:48 PM
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Yes. 1 3/4" is the most common but you can find banners with anything from just under 1 11/16" to 1 7/8".
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:33 AM
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The refinish and non-original parts are the reason itís more affordable....
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:39 AM
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Each neck was hand-carved, so some variation is to be expected.

The other thing to consider is the profile of the neck itself. Wartime Gibsons have seriously beefy necks, The beefiest are from 1943-44 in the era of no truss rods, like this ‘44.

What interests me is why someone would install a larger, incorrect bridge and pick guard. Are they correcting for a bellying top and some serious pick rash?
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