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Old February 10th, 2018, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Over a month ago I started documenting all the descriptions and serial numbers of all my guitars as I wanted to update my Home insurance. I have about 10 guitars, many vintage such as my 79 Les Paul, a 64 ES-175D and others. As I was looking for a 91 Gibson OP-25 that was a birthday gift when I turned 39, I couldn't find it ... I was in a panic looking all over, thinking I left it at church where I play a lot or perhaps left it in my truck which had gone to the body shop for repairs, went everywhere I know ...nothing.... sadly, I assumed I had left my truck unlocked and someone had took it. Today (Feb 10) I got a call from Enterprise Car Rental who asked me if I was missing a guitar - WOW! seems a customer who rented the car just after me (which I rented while my truck was in the shop) found it in the trunk and returned it. It took Enterprise awhile to figure out who was the previous renter was so lucky me, The guitar I've owned for 25 years is back and am feeling so thankful right now. It's a great little guitar and I love playing it. THANK YOU ENTERPRISE - YOU ROCK! (as well as the guy who brought it back - I'm trying to find out who that is so I can thank them properly)

So now, I'm trying to find out more history on the guitar itself. It's a black lacquer flattop 6-string acoustical with a Epiphone EQ and pickup under the bridge; it has a plastic round back. I still have the sales receipt showing my wife had paid almost $700 for the instrument. It came out of the Montana plant and I had read somewhere that only a couple hundred were made, mostly out of parts from another model they were 'experimenting' with. Since my 2014 Vintage Guitar price guide doesn't list it so I'm curious if anyone can steer me to a site that can give me good info so I can value it properly (from now on). Can't seem to find anything on Gibson's official site.

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Old February 10th, 2018, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old February 11th, 2018, 12:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to Gibson Talk. That's a great story. Glad it all worked out well for you. Do you have pictures of the guitar?
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Old February 11th, 2018, 04:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to this place. Glad you got your guitar back.

Have you tried contacting Gibson ref your guitar? They usually help if they can. They will need to see pics of the guitar including serial number
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Old February 11th, 2018, 10:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, that is a wonderful story, and reassures us that there are still good people out there. I am very happy for you!
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Old February 12th, 2018, 01:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome

This is a picture of some of my guitars and my son in our music room ... the once missing Gibson is the black flattop to the left of my son. BTW He's a lefty so am trying to teach him the other 'right' way



I'll give Gibson a call to check on the OP-25's history.

Thanks again,

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Old February 15th, 2018, 11:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The OP-25 was made as response to Ovation's entry into the market. I understand only 298 were made. I saw a natural finish model sell for around $650 a couple of years ago.
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hey Bids! Where ya been? Good to have you back!
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Old February 15th, 2018, 01:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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"hey Bids! Where ya been?"
I lurk pretty often. I'm spending a fair amount of time trying to get a crime novel published.
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Old February 16th, 2018, 09:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well good on ya, mate! That is an incredible undertaking.
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