Gibson Style 0 artist 1911 Black
A tremendous instrument from top to bottom. She had Survived two world wars and still has the tone to show for it.
An early Style 0 with a real ebony fretboard and a beautiful mahogany neck with the same back and sides. The guitar still retains the original black finish,
The bridge is not original and the tailpiece is a Question mark, the metal rim is surely an original patent tailpiece but the top ebony block probably isn’t, although with Gibson you can never really tell.
The guitar has been lovingly restored many years prior to my ownership and plays wonderfully with a huge sound and very impressive action, the bar frets on the guitar might be original. She plays perfectly up until the last elevated frets on the E and B strings. The top has a center crack which has been attended to and repaired ,also it has the infamous heel crack (notorious on these) which is also stable,there is also a chip (touched up black) on the lower left bout of the top,this has been my main personal home couch guitar for the past 7 years, played and strung regularly, the guitar is stable and ready to go!
The style 0 is noted as one of the first (if not the first) 14 fret guitar to be available on the market! This being Gibson’s top of the line model until the L-5 appeared.
Style 0’s were made from 1908 up until 1928. Some notable features of the earlier models include a mahogany construction (later years are maple) with the exception of a Spruce top, no truss rod, a large V-shaped neck with a stinger and middle pin stripe,a simple fluer de lys MOP inlay on the headstock opposed you the later ‘the Gibson’ logo and also the beautiful Waverly machine heads with a floral motif. The guitar comes in a generic Hardcase