1907 Gibson Harp Guitar

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1907 Gibson Harp Guitar

A Gibson harp-guitar is quite an imposing and inspiring thing to see in person, especially if you’ve never seen one before. Gibson had them in their catalogs from about 1904-1937, in varying degrees of complexity and with varying numbers of sub-bass strings, though they are rarely seen having been made after the 1920s. The one we have here now is a rare, early one, with fixed scroll-type pin bridge and in unusually fine condition, and with a fabulous story. We got it from a friend down South, who got it from the family of the owner of the store that had originally ordered it new from Gibson in 1907. The guitar remained in their store, unsold, until the family closed the store in 1915. They then took this harp-guitar home, kept it but never played it, and passed it down through generations until my friend acquired it about twenty-five years ago, where it has remained to this day. He never played it either, just displayed it in his home until finally deciding to ask me to find its next home for him. The condition of the guitar is nothing short of amazing. It is clean and virtually unplayed, what today’s collectors would call “NOS”, for “New Old Stock", an item that has remained unsold at retail its entire life. It has needed a bit of work done over time, though we’d all be thrilled to look this good after 109 years. The fingerboard binding needed to be replaced, having come somewhat apart (though all of the body bindings are in 100% original condition), and there appears to have been a barely visible repair to the heel, something we’ve seen on just about every Gibson harp-guitar and every Gibson Style 0 guitar (same period, with similar body scroll) we’ve ever encountered in the fifty-plus years we’ve been in this business. Other than that, no repairs, no cracks; the finish on the back (walnut, as are the sides) is a bit scratched up from having hung on someone’s wall a long time ago. The action on the six-string neck might be considered a bit high by today’s standards though for 1907 it’s hard to know. This particular example has one more feature that I’ve never seen before in one of these; it’s got eight sub-bass strings, as opposed to the usual six or twelve, was probably a special custom order. Still has its original slip-in leather case though showing some wear. A truly fabulous piece of American musical instrument history. $12.000 w/oc

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