Description

Here is a museum quality 1918 Gibson Style O built in Kalamazoo Michigan by the Gibson-Mandolin Guitar Co. The sunburst archtop acoustic guitar has a single pointed cutaway on the treble side of the instrument with an elegant carved scroll on the upper bass bout. Single ply ivoroid binding adorns the top, back, peghead, neck, and the soundhole. Orville Gibson is frequently credited as the first luthier to carve the top and back of his guitars and this guitar is a great example of this captivating design with pronounced carving on the top around the delicate scroll and on the back with a distinctive body volute. The top is spruce that appears to be adirondack based on the grain pattern. The back and sides are birch. It has a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard. There are 22 frets including the treble side extension. Six dot inlays are found on the fretboard along with a single dot inlay found on the center of the scroll. It has a neck scale length of 24 3/4" and a nut width of 1 13/16". The soundhole is surrounded by two rope pattern inlays on both sides of a larger herringbone diamond inlay. Located inside the soundhole is a tan paper label with the model, Style O, and the serial number, 47382, written in pencil on the label. The black faced solid peghead has the slanted "The Gibson" pearloid logo along with a a delicate pearloid Fleur-de-lis. A two string (b&g) string bender was added on the headstock long ago. Other features include an elevated tortoise pickguard with a single support, open gear tuners with oval ivoroid buttons, an ebony bridge, a trapeze tailpiece with a tortoise grain celluloid plate, and ebony inlaid tuning pegs. Engraved on the metal portion of the pickguard support is the patent date July 4, 1911. The end of the trapeze is engraved with the patent date July 19, 1910. Width at the lower bout of the guitar is 16" and the depth is 3 5/16". The guitar weighs 4.8 pounds. Overall the condition of the Style O guitar is excellent. Other than one very tiny crack in the binding on the top treble side and some very light button rash on the back the guitar the guitar shows no real wear. The original frets have only minor wear with lots of life remaining. It has a nice tone. It is very playable up to the fifth fret. The original ebony bridge is very high and due to the historical value of the instrument we did want to make any modifications. Structurally the guitar is exactly the way it was built. There are no cracks to the body or neck, no sinking, and no repairs have been made. It has the original finish. As the second owner of the guitar, we purchased it over forty years ago from the family that bought it new in about 1918 from the local Gibson representative who happened to be female. This Gibson Style O is of historical value to a collector of early Gibson guitars. It comes with the original Gibson black hardshell case with a raised top and a plush purple interior with a center pocket.

Year Condition Color Case
1918 Excellent Sunburst Original Hard

$5,999

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