[Pics] 1904 Gibson Style O

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  1. Alty

    Alty Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely stunning IMHO....

    "This early Gibson Company version of the Style O guitar was most likely built by Orville himself, or built under his supervision while he was training the new workers to follow his designs.

    Still with carved back and sides with no braces, and rims constructed from one solid piece of walnut.

    Serial Number 2625" 120403Orville04_StyleO_002.jpg
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    That HS just kills me, I did at one point think about changing my tuners to Banjo style, as if you think about it or it looks like it would be easier to tune, may still do it after seeing this beauty.

    :)
     
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  2. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker

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    do I see a scarf-joint at the headstock....:naughty:

    does it make Epiphones more 'historical correct' than gibsons :D
     
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    That is awesome, im more familiar with this Style O type. Screenshot_2016-09-19-02-54-07-1.png
     
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    Those were from 1916 according to my info and called the "Artist" models and just as stunning:

    130207Gibson16StyleO_001C.jpg

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    Is that a 3 piece neck or binding!....?

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  5. Alty

    Alty Well-Known Member

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    But check these out, amazing:

    Gibson08_StyleO_034r 1907.jpg

    ^ 1907

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    ^ 1929 Gibson "Florentine" Nick Lucas Special Guitar

    The early Nick Lucas Special was made with the same basic body shape as the first L1, such as the 1906 seen above, and the first flat top, the 1926 seen above. The Nick Lucas is distinguished by a body with extra depth.

    Those who study vintage Gibson guitars have come to the conclusion based on the uniqueness of the various examples that the Nick Lucas Special was made in extremely small quantities, most likely made one at a time on special order. The Lucas can be found in various combinations of 13 1/2" and 14 3/4" wide bodies, 12, 13, and 14 fret necks, mahogany, rosewood and maple bodies, with no pickguard, glued on pickguards, or raised pickguards, a large variety of bridge designs, with our without a trapeze tailpiece, and some with a raised fretboard extension.

    Nick Lucas Gibsons can be hard to date by conventional means, as it appears that labels with with serial numbers already assigned were pre-printed, and applied to the guitars as they were built over a period of some years.

    This one of a kind Nick Lucas Special is far more unusual than most, with painted scenes of Venice on the fretboard. What else would you expect of a Gibson "Florentine"? The build date remains a mystery, as it has the smaller body and banjo style tuners associated with Gibsons built in 1929 and earlier, but a bridge design that was introduced in 1932!

    Serial Number 85102
     
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    wildeman Well-Known Member

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    The new Vintage Guitar mag has a big article on these.
     
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    Cozmik Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Um......pictures of Florence??
     
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