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    Registered User Randi Gormley's Avatar
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    Default The Gibson 1909 collection

    I'm sure this has been posted before, but it just showed up on a Facebook feed with a question about the "big instrument with all the strings" but I was too dazzled by the F-styles to pay much heed.

    Anyway, here's another glimpse at this photo.
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    1920 Lyon & Healy bowlback
    1923 Gibson A-1 snakehead
    1952 Strad-o-lin
    1983 Giannini ABSM1 bandolim
    2009 Giannini GBSM3 bandolim
    2011 Eastman MD305

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    Default Re: The Gibson 1909 collection

    I think that might be an Orville harp guitar with that inlay on the headstock. I don't know. I also like the case n the foreground.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Early ones were Style R harp guitars. Then, like the one pictured is a Style U. Some were really fancy Im guessing in 1910 up to the 30s they had dot inlays. And the Gibson Script . I own a few. There different. Not everyones idea of something useful.

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    You own a few?!

    And my wife gets worried if I have more than two mandolins.

    Very cool photo by the way.

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Default Re: The Gibson 1909 collection

    When you look at the hairstyles, clothing and furniture, the Gibson scroll, headstock and detailing almost seems restrained in comparison.

    But the design is very much of their era.

    Great photo, Randi, thanks for sharing.

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    Here's a U Style from 1910:

    Really different tailpiece and bridge(s), of course. What a handful!

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    That sounds fabulous, and great playing too.

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