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Gibson O Guitar #22768


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1913 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Guitar, Style O
Serial 22768
Factory order number unknown


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.



From National Music Museum.
The National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota has a magnificent collection of musical instruments, including may fine mandolins and guitars from the early part of the 20th century. All images used from the National Music Museum are used with permission, and cannot be copied elsewhere without their written permission

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