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1947 Gibson Model BR-9

May 13, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

In 1947 Gibson unveiled a keenly priced student model set. The model BR-9 steel guitar with matching amplifier would eventually become Gibson's most popular lap steel of the post-war era.

This Hawaiian outfit was primarily meant to be sold as a pair through the school programs run by many Gibson music dealers across the country.

1947 Gibson Model BR-9

The fingerboard on this steel guitar is particularly helpful to beginning students because of its clear numbering and large markers.

1947 Gibson Model BR-9

The matching BR-9 tube amplifier came with an 8 inch speaker housed in a washable lightweight plastic casing.

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