Turn of century boy playing a parlor guitar, very similar to the L-1 on this page.
Actual serial number 5953 printed on the very early Orville Gibson label (which phased out in 1908).
Inside neck block with FON, Factory Order Number 862.
According to 'Gibson Guitars 100 Years Of An American Icon', slotted pegheads made a brief appearance around 1907. There is also an absence of 'The Gibson' logo.
Large, clubby, one-piece solid neck. At this time, the truss rod had not yet been created.
Before and after shot of what 100 year old tuners typically look like with and without cleaning.
Ivroid buttons and fleur de lis engraving on the tuner strips.
This site will continually be updated over the next few years. Over the long-haul, I have managed to collect lots of Gibson pre-war ephemera and historical items. I
really enjoy adding pieces and hope that each item will help to shed more light on the early years of Gibson......in the meantime, enjoy the site and let me know what you think in the comment
Keep checking back. This is a busy year for me and as I get back to myinflightschedule
(April 8, 2015) I will have A LOT of new prewar items from my collection that I will be sharing........also, don't forget to post a note in the Guestbook about your thoughts on this site!