Very old Gibson from 1916! (pics)

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    So i brought a repair work today to a music shop and the owner just became the owner of a very rare old Gibson of 1916....

    One of the very first acoustic Guitars :hbang:

    This guitar will soon be 100 years old!

    Tuners look weird, I dont think its original and also upside down....

    The neck is massively thick! about 35mm!

    I thought you guys would appreciate some nice pictures, so i took some nice pics and edited them to make them show maxi details :)

    Enjoy :)

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    that thing must be worth a few bucks
     
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    Brendan G What is this then?

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    Wow that guitar is simply beautiful!
     
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    is it just me or does the inside stamp on that guitar say "patented in feb 1, 98, march 06"...?

    looks cool!
     
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    CrashRG I'm Back Bitches!

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    wow.......I'd be scared to touch it. Does the owner play it, or did he obtain it for a display piece?
     
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    :agreed: screwed up..... or maybe not......

    But I think there may have been some amateur repair work done on the poor thing... :noplease:

    Or 1898 - 1906?

    Orville Gibson was boarn in 1856 at Châteauguay, died in 1918 at New York

    No he is actually selling it and displaying it in the shop....
     
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    I noticed its got "The Gibson" on the headtsock. It looks cool nonetheless.
     
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    synrgy Ya ya ya I am Lorde

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    Wow, that's pretty crazy. I like stuff like that, imagining some guy 100 years ago bragging to his friends on his NGD, and imagining the countless number of folks who's hands it must have passed through between then and now. Thanks for sharing!

    The all important question -- How does it sound?
     
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    Not very good I'm afraid, poor thing does not vibrate that much and the volume is very poor....

    Sounded very Selmer style..... Like a gibsy guitar thype....

    I did play it for a while, you can really feel that its old but the instrument gave up a long time ago.....

    But hey its 100 years old :bowdown:

    The first logo I would believe....
     
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    How did it sound? nvm, you answered.

    That's odd - the 1920's Martins are sought after for how amazing they sound..
     
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    This can explain couple things maybe...

    This may be a creation from the man himself!!!!!! :bowdown:
     
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    well I've got a 101 years old banjo (if I remember correctly) and it still sound alive
    It's a pity that this guitar don't really play well
     
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    Awesome looking guitar! Nice find. It's hard to beat the kalamazoo michigan made Gibsons! amazing playing and sounding guitars.

    A friend of mine had an old 1960's Gibson acoustic given to him. I'm making sure he takes really good care of it!
     
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    I'm sure that once set up and repaired it would sound very good :yesway:

    I may also not be the proper person to judge the sound because i personally only like the sound of ''new instruments''....

    So i can only talk about the way the instrument vibrated as a maker but it would have to be played by a ''vintage lover'' to fully appreciate its sound....
     
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    did it sound full and woody?

    i'unno, the '98 sticker has me very leery
     
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    Not my thing, really.

    The sticker wouldn't worry me, unless there are any ways of working out that it was made post 1916. We use '98 for 1998, no reason why someone in 1916 wouldn't do the same for 1898.
     
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    that thing is gorgeous. how much?
     
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    Not woody, not warm at all, way more on the bright treble side.....

    And yeah the sticker is probably from the 1800 - debute 1900 which makes sens...

    Also the turtoise pickguard is not fake which would be totally illegal of our days, its an original and such pickguard braquets are very difficult to find......

    He wants too much for it, way too much :nuts:
     
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    awesome guitar :yesway:
     
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    give me a number man! i dont want to buy it, i want to know what he is selling it for
     

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