This following page presents four different Gibson prewar bows made between the years 1939-1942. There is extremely limited information about Gibson prewar orchestral
instruments and even much less information on Gibson bows. In ten years of searching, I have only found four of these. The prize is the bass bow pictured below. Since I play guitar, I am not an
expert on bows. There are nuances between each one and over time, some parts (mainly the frog) may have been changed. The important topic to note, which is consistent with all of these bows is the
Gibson logo. If you look at each bow, the same lettering is consistent and exactly the same size. I have seen listings for prewar Gibson bows that maybe misleading (no Gibson logo, or the logo is
Gibson orchestral instruments are rare, but not largly sought after by prewar collectors (there are many other instruments on a collector's radar). Thus, although one
could 'fake' the Gibson logo on a bow and claim it is prewar, chances of that would be slim. There would not be that much demand for it (but then again, there are Gibson collectors who would give and
arm and leg for a prewar bow). If you are searching for a prewar bow, the Gibson logo, as pictured above is what you must see. Be aware that sellers may think they have a prewar bow because that is
what they were told when they purchased it. In all, the below photos are to shed light on a short-lived period in Gibson's history. Please enjoy!!!