This is a very early production 1910 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar in fabulous all original condition. It was the newest item from Gibson during this period as the 6-string guitar was not that popular yet. Its “scroll-shaped” carved body has an ebony-stained straight-grain spruce top. Its Ivoroid bound, its oval sound-hole is inlaid with variegated woods. Its Single-bound 2-piece very figured arched mahogany back and mahogany rims are simply stunning. Its straight grain Mexican mahogany neck has a nut width of just over 1 3/4 inches w/a scale length of 24 3/4 inches and a huge very thick profile. The neck has a Single-bound, convex ebony fretboard with 19 original thin frets, pearl dot position markers and black dot side-markers. Its headstock has “The Gibson” inlaid diagonally in mother-of-pearl. Its 3-per-side open-back strip tuners have been replaced w/a later set. Its ‘Harp’ neck has 10 sub bass strings. Its nickel plated straining-rod runs from its head all the way down to its body. Its still sporting its original elevated tortoiseshell pick-guard secured to the treble-side of the body by two German silver clamps (patented July 4, 1911) and two pins into the treble-side of the neck. Its ebony saddle & maple bridge is huge w/its 6-string neck pre-compensated side that’s height adjustable w/its Harp guitar side also connected. Its double ‘trapeze’ German silver tailpiece has been repaired. Its Original Gibson oval white label inside is quite legible stating “Guitar” w/a Style “U” w/its serial # 10571 all written in pencil. This is one of the earliest example produced. It’s super clean w/no cracks, repairs nor any touchup ever. It’s excellent overall for a 114 year old & comes w/its original sub bass string tuning key in its very rare black/green lined hard case.
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