Gibson "R" Harp Guitar

© Frank Ford, 2001; Photos by FF

A delightful early Twentieth Century "state of the art" harp guitar, the style "R" was Gibson's small model, with six sub-bass strings. (The big "U" had twelve.) This one's in great original condition, and shows the flat-ish top and back carving typical of Gibson's early years. The back and sides are of walnut and - check it out - a one piece back! Many of the earliest Gibson instruments had walnut backs with cedar tops, but I believe this one has a spruce top. So what do the model letters stand for? "R" for "regular" and "U" for "ungainly?"

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