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NMM 5992.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.
Style L-1, Concert Size (13-1/2").  Serial number 7190. 
First Dakota National Bank Fund, Yankton, South Dakota, 1996.

NMM 5992. Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.

Orville Gibsonís invention of distinctive-looking arch-top guitars in the 1890s resulted in revolutionary changes for the instrument in the 20th century. Made early in the history of the Gibson Company, this Concert-Size L-1 was one of their less expensive products. Gibson was one of the first companies to advocate the use of steel strings on their guitars, whose arched tops could withstand the higher tension strings without bracing. Gibsonís arch-tops would become extremely influential in the 1920s and '30s, when they were imitated by fine makers, such as John DíAngelico, resulting in the establishment of the arch-top guitar as a staple of American guitar making.

NMM 5992. Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.


Gibson's Label, Seen Through Soundhole


Label of guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.


Literature:  André P. Larson, "Recent Acquisitions," Americaís Shrine to Music Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 2 (January 1997), p. 6.

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