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This experimental guitar designed and built by Orville Gibson c.1895, precedes all known examples by a year or two. This guitar is considered to be the first Gibson guitar ever made and is remarkable in its design features. The carved Cedar top is absent of internal bracing. The Walnut sides and neck are carved from a single log. The 16-inch one-piece Walnut back is thin and resonant. The neck is hollow and the body shape is large, especially for the time. Orville designed this guitar to be used with steel strings for a full concert quality sound. The paddle headstock is inlaid with golden pearl and tortoise-shell in a star and crescent motif.



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