c.1908 Style U Harp Guitar
Apparently, we should all
be scouting our local dumps more regularly! That’s where all the
original pieces of this classic harp guitar were found many years ago.
The son of the finder took
it to a local luthier, who after some years had not finished the repairs.
Eventually, it was offered to the current owner, also a luthier, in
Bellingham, Washington. This current owner finished the basic repairs,
mainly so he could play and hear it. He’s now thinning his guitar
collection, and hopes someone will give it a new home.
Some details from the
“I feel that it could be
a good project for someone. Everything is original except for some of the
string pins. All ten friction tuners are in good working order as are the
geared tuners. The bridge plate is new. The finish has not been touched.
With a little work the top and back can be given a better fit to the ribs.
The head is a bit of a mess. Given that it came in pieces from the dump I
did not spend much as much time on it. Old repairs look to be the head –
a major crack and some “Gibson” inlay missing, crack on the top filled
with a spline, another top crack had a couple of cleats, the back has many
scratches, several cracks glued, back and top glued to sides with hide
glue (to facilitate any future work), different shrinkage rates leaving
the sides with a less than perfect fit. Finish is original. All metal
parts are original. Sides and binding are all intact. It is playable
and sounds fine. The number 7694 was in pencil in the inside of the
As for this Gibson model,
for those not familiar with it, this is the giant 21” wide Style U with
10 sub-basses that came just before the smaller common model with the
“trapeze” tailpiece. Many say these sound better (they do). Frankly,
there is just nothing as dramatic on your wall or in your lap than a 21”
Despite the fact that the
consignor considers this a “project” and “hopes someone new may wish
to refurbish and restore it,” my feeling is that it could certainly be
left “as is” as a past and future “well-loved” collector and
We’ve priced this to
sell. Not included in the price is the shipping estimate, which will be
quoted from Bellingham, WA (this will be a huge box). As always, buyer
will have the right to inspect and return, no questions asked (though
responsible for shipping).
Isn't it time you joined the Gibson harp guitar club?!
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