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NMM 10051.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1915.
Style 0, Artist (15-3/4").  Serial number 22768.  Board of Trustees, 2001.


NMM 10051.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1915

Gibson’s Style O Artist introduced a scrolled upper rib, like those found on the company’s mandolins and harp-guitars. While this scrolled design allowed the guitar to fit into the cohesive look of the all “Gibson-ite” ensembles of the period, the cutaway was also a significant step toward facilitating the performance of more virtuosic music on the instrument. By the time that NMM 10051 was made, the guitar was a firm member of the Gibson mandolin orchestra, though still in the shadow of the mandolin itself, as a solo instrument.


Front, Side, and Back Views

NMM 10051.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1915 Treble side view Bass side view Back view


Front and Back of Peghead

Front of peghead Back of peghead


Details of the Front and Scrolled Upper Rib

Front view of body Front of scrolled upper rib


Details of the Back and Scrolled Upper Rib

Back view of body Back of scrolled upper rib


Neck Heel

Neck heel


Back of Neck, Fretboard, and Pickguard

Back of neck Fretboard Pickguard


Patent Stamps on Pickguard and Pickguard Support

Patent date stamped on pickguard

Patent date on pickguard support


Soundhole and Label

Soundhole Label

Click on label to see a larger image.


Bridge, Tailpiece, and Bottom Rib

Bridge

Bottom rib

Tailpiece

Literature:  "Recent Acquisitions," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), p. 6.

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