Gibson 1937 EH-100

Although the EH-100 that you are viewing on this page does not compare to most of my pieces, it is still rich with history. At one point in its life it did receive water damage. All dried up now, I have taken it apart and cleaned it up. Yes, it could use new finish, but sometimes it is better to let and aged piece like this just sit and tell its own story. Enjoy the pics! 

EH-100 FON 311-8 was shipped 20AUG1937 to Jenkins in Oklahoma City. Ledger provided by Lynn Wheelwright.
FON 311-8.
Bakelite knobs with arrows sit atop the tone and volume pots. Although the bobbin is white (and the magnets inside are thicker) this pickup is still lumped into the 'Charlie Christian' bar magnet pickup.
Springs and screws used as height adjustment which screw through the base of the instrument.
Double magnets and steel blade.
Solder on brass plate left-over from ground wire. Note the two screws barely showing as screwed into the steel blade.
Four springs and screws screwed into the base of the brass plate. Adjusting the pickup height was done by turning the screws evenly on the bottom of the Electric Hawaiian Guitar.
The four screws and nuts attached to the base of brass plate attach the two large magnets used for the pickup tone producer.
Wire-wrapped coil, bobbin, two magnets, brass plate, steel blade, and four springs and screws were all that were needed to make one of the first Gibson pickups in history!
Under-side of wire coil and bobbin.
Note the notch in the bobbin used for guiding the wire.
Wire coil and bobbin resting on top of the steel blade.
Blade rising through the bobbin and wire coil.
Gibson Catalog Y, 1937.
Gibson Catalog Y, 1937.
Screen-print 'Gibson' logo. Note it takes three pieces of maple to produce the headstock.
Note 12 screws and two pieces of maple consist of the back of the EH-100. The four screws in the middle are attached to the pickup on the inside.
1937 Catalog Y image of the new EH-100. Note the illustration leaves out the early single tone/vol. knobs on each.
Before image of the rusted pickup.
Before photo of the rusted insides.
Three screws and nuts attach to the bridge on the top. Note the ground wire is screwed under the bottom nut.
Two pieces of maple.
Inside neck-block with the FON stamped in. 5 layers of maple laminate make the sides. Note the brass plate used for holding the pickup on the right.
Two pieces of 5-layered maple laminate make the sides. One layer of binding is attached to the top edge (obviously the pic shows this upside-down).
Although water damaged, this mid-1937 EH-100 is still a great piece of history.