Gibson 1942 Cello VC-110
Below, the photos capture a very well preserved three piece maple neck and scroll. The rosewood pegs were replaced, but please view my 1941 cello to see the original pegs.
The Gibson Cello featured on this page is somewhat different in features as compared to my 1941 cello on the previous page. The build construction is the same, but the pegs and possibly tailpiece were replaced. This piece has a large repaired neck and a couple of cracks. The positive about this cello is the finish. Towards the lower half of the front, it appears a grizzly bear clawed the finish. As with Gibson prewar cellos, the color is a chocolate brown and it is not as smoothly applied as one would see in a typical Gibson instrument of the period. If you are a Gibson purist, you may want to argue the 'handpainted' chocolate appearance. However, one must hold and examine these pieces to truly understand the finish variances. Only viewing photos online, does not make one an expert.
To further the mystery of these incredible pieces, not only were just a handful produced, but it seems just a simple brochure and a few inserts are the only means for explaining these short-lived prewar instruments. Thus, the photos described herein on this page and inclusive to all my Gibson Orchestral pieces are an attempt to shed a little light in what the Gibson Company kept quiet.