Lots of us own Gibson mandolins and other pre-war instruments that came with cases built by G&S Co. (also known as Geib & Schaefer, or Geib, Inc.) For case fanatics, a Mr. Kirtley has managed to put together a brief history of the company which can be googled under Kirtley Music. He says that G&S was founded in 1899 and at first made only leather and canvas cases. They probably started making hard shell cases around 1905-6, but he’s not sure when they started stamping cases with the oval G&S Co. brand. They also used the diamond design on the pocket lid as their trademark.
This original deluxe chip board case is in solid but aged condition. Everything is intact, although the leather handle is frayed and the hardware is functional but corroded. The interior is similarly faded and worn but functional.
I can’t guarantee the exact year of this authentic Geib case, although I’m sure that some of you out there can look at the latches, hinges, handle, and stitching and share your expertise with us. All I know is that my 1930s parlor guitar lived in this case for many years, and the previous owner said it is the only case he had ever seen the guitar in.
Now this authentic Geib case is still in very good usable condition, so here it is. My loss is no doubt your gain if you happen to have a small-body vintage guitar without an appropriate home.
As you can see from the pictures, the chip board case is covered with the typical grained black cloth used for decades by case makers. The felt interior is in relatively good shape, the pocket is intact (complete with its leather tab and the Geib diamond “brand”), and all the latches and hinges are working. The “G & S” logo is still clearly visible on the middle latch.
As can be seen in the pictures, the original black leather handle is solid but considerably worn. There are several places on the case where the stitching is starting to fray, and the latches have slightly worn the top ridge. However, the case is fully functional, and would certainly be a great complement to your vintage Gibson, Martin, or other fine guitar.
Obviously, this is not a typical dreadnought case, so please don’t buy it for your 1952 J-45, despite its period appeal. The interior measurements are: 37” total length; 10 ¼” wide at the upper bout; 9 ¾” wide at the waist; 13 ¾” wide at the lower bout; and 5” deep at the end pin. If these measurements would be good for your vintage Lyon and Healey parlor guitar, or your Martin 15-T, I urge you to consider this case; don’t leave your vintage guitar rattling around in a too-big case any longer. But measure it first!
Buyer pays a flat rate of $45 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary.
Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this vintage guitar case with scrupulous accuracy. Its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before buying.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.