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Who owns the oldest Gibson on the forum????

#1 User is offline   onewilyfool 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

I know we had a thread on this before, but perhaps someone got a REALLY old one in the mean time. I do have a 1923 Gibby L-2, but I KNOW that is not the oldest Gibby on the forum.....what you got>>>>????
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

My archtop L-1 and F-2 mandolin are both from 1911. The earliest I've owned was a slot head L-1 from about 1906.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

I've got a 1906 mandolin:

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

Has to be either JT or Tom surely ... ??
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

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I see I'm not the only mandolin owner here. My "old guitar" is a Galiano & Ciani bowlback mandolin. I knows it's not a Gibson, but it is old. Sometime between 1890-1900, made in New York City. It's rare because these guys are better known for producing flat-back mandolins.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

1942 J-50 so am not even in the running.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

I think we did this before and John won.

Here is a picture of our antique stuff from a few years ago.

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The A-1 and the U-10 (Harp Guitar) are from 1913. The F4 is 1920 and the Army/Navy is 1917. The L-1 is 1918.

The Martins are 1925, 1921, 1919 and 1893. The little Washburne "New Model" is 1895.

I'd like to see some of those lovely early Gibson archtops -- I know someone must have one.

Let's pick,

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:59 AM

This 1933 A-00 was owned by Scotty Stoneman. Chris Thile signed it.

See the SS ?

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:50 PM

I have a 1903 Style O SN#2623 and also a Style R harp guitar from the same year. Here's pic of the Style O. The harp guitar is off having some work done on it.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:13 AM

View Postgoaty76, on 11 February 2013 - 10:50 PM, said:

I have a 1903 Style O SN#2623 and also a Style R harp guitar from the same year. Here's pic of the Style O. The harp guitar is off having some work done on it.

Phil


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Was that one built by Orville himself?
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

View Postgoaty76, on 11 February 2013 - 10:50 PM, said:

I have a 1903 Style O SN#2623 and also a Style R harp guitar from the same year. Here's pic of the Style O. The harp guitar is off having some work done on it.

Phil


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

Thanks. Gibson instruments from the very beginning of the company are pretty hard to come by but especially guitars. They were just making more mandolin family instruments back then. This guitar is not an Orville Gibson built instrument however he could have been there when it was made. It is constructed just like Orville's original instruments. They (The Gibson Co.) quickly changed this design to something a little more factory friendly shortly after this was made.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

View Postgoaty76, on 11 February 2013 - 10:50 PM, said:

I have a 1903 Style O SN#2623 and also a Style R harp guitar from the same year. Here's pic of the Style O. The harp guitar is off having some work done on it.

Phil


Very cool, Phil! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

I was at least hoping you guys would work down toward 1903. That was too quick.

Calling uncle already?

1903. Bam. I think this contest is over.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:19 PM

I would really like to know if anyone has or knows of any earlier six string Gibson guitars than mine (#2623)

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:22 PM

I have an 1901 Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage.... Teddy Roosevelt may have played it...

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Ok, enough silliness for me - punch drunk today - I'll exit stage left and get ready to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in a few hours...
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

View PostThemisSal, on 29 January 2014 - 04:22 PM, said:

I have an 1901 Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage.... Teddy Roosevelt may have played it...

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Ok, enough silliness for me - punch drunk today - I'll exit stage left and get ready to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in a few hours...

VGC for such an antique!
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 05:42 PM

Is OWF back?


(old thread)..



Here is my 250 year old Gibson:


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Well, it looks, and sounds, 250 years old......
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 05:59 PM

Here's a recent tap from a grog shoppe gig we recently did. I'm on the left, with the Feedback Buster (major prob), Squire on the right w/ special sig edition (signed) weasel headstock custom. (Really puts the head in headstock):

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:18 PM

A guy I used to play music with owned a Style O (I don't recall the year it was made) and 1903 L-2. Both were handed down through his family. The Style O in particular is very cool looking but he would be the first to tell you they are not the best sounding Gibsons he has ever got his hands on. He told me if they were not family pieces they both would have been sold off a long time back. But the WOW factor cannot be denied.
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