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CB That's interesting you bring up the horn shape and the headstock shape.I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but the Deluxe model (and a buttload of others) were made at two different factories- both Kalimazoo and Nashville.Another thing: I am pretty sure the funky shape differences go all the way back to the beginning of the model, or at least some of them. I suppose so, but it seems unlikely, given the condition of the back and neck (unless they drug it behind a car), originally..I bought it, in the late Spring, of '77. Of course, now, you'd never have known that, unless/until I mentioned it, because of the excellent, professional refinish job, the sides, back, neck, and back of the headstock got.It's so well blended, that the decal (on the back of the headstock) looks to have been put on, AFTER the refinish, instead of the refinish paint, and blending, to match what was under the decal.So, to me, you would think that maybe where it was made would have something to do with the 'radically' different shapes, but I have seen some models that I KNOW were Kalimazzo made with the point and big headstock, and the other way around. I only "know" what I was told, when I bought it..."It's an early '76!If there is a way to tell where it was made looking at it, I don't know what it is. " And, what I've been told, for years, that "it was, indeed, a '76." Could it be, a '77?If you have 3 here that look the same, and there are numbers you can't read, you might be able to read some off one pot and other numbers off another. I think Pippy has it right as well, that's it's at least '74 and before, and the seriel works for '74. I had the back and neck refinished, as I hated the old "stock" busting, on the back... (I never really cared for those "Ping-Pong Paddle" wide headstocks, that were all too common, at that time! I don't know, but its very easy to remove the cover and see the pot codes.But, with a Pancake body, I think that means it could also be as early as the earliest date for the seriel number, which I think is '70. '76 models, like mine, also had "pancake bodies" (4 layers...maple cap, 2 thicker mahogany pieces, with at thin maple layer, in between the thicker mahogany layers.) It waighs as much, as my '80 Les Paul Custom, as well! I did have to have the stock pickups (it still has) wax potted, as they started to have microphonic feedback (after 30 some years) awhile back, but that was no big deal. And I have to know: Is this a Pancake body with a Maple neck? especially the neck...and, the back and neck were in bad shape, finish wise anyway. ) This, of course, was years before all this "Vintage" craze, and "collector's value" stuff. Sure, it degraded it's "collectibilty" value...but, that wasn't even an issue, back then...and, I've never owned a guitar yet, for that reason, anyway. BTW Charlie, I've commented on yours before, but its a beauty. See, your's has a "wider" headstock, but NOT NEARLY as wide, as some did, in the later years!

Another thing: I am pretty sure the funky shape differences go all the way back to the beginning of the model, or at least some of them. My understanding is that the Deluxe was made from almost the beginning of the Nashville coming in, but still made in ' Kalimazzo as well at the same time.My understanding is that the Deluxe was made from almost the beginning of the Nashville coming in, but still made in ' Kalimazzo as well at the same time.So, to me, you would think that maybe where it was made would have something to do with the 'radically' different shapes, but I have seen some models that I KNOW were Kalimazzo made with the point and big headstock, and the other way around. That's interesting you bring up the horn shape and the headstock shape.Just for fun, I'd also like to guess the weight: I'm gonna go with 9.9 pounds. I have tried to attach a further photo but site won't let me.From the back it looks like there is a thin strip around the edge, but only looks like a single strip.

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