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Annotated Checklist of Acoustic Guitars by Gibson

(in chronological order)

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NMM 10855.  Guitar by Orville Gibson, Kalamazoo, 1902.

NMM 10855.  Guitar by Orville Gibson, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1902.  Style O3 (18″).  Ex coll.: Thomas G. Comeaux, Lafayette, Louisiana.  Tony and Bonnie Vinatieri Family Trust, 2005.

NMM 10075.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.

NMM 10075.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.  Style O, Grand Concert Size (16″).  Serial number 7154.  Board of Trustees, 2001.

NMM 5992.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.

NMM 5992.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1907.  Style L-1, Concert Size (13-1/2″).  Serial number 7190.  First Dakota National Bank Fund, Yankton, South Dakota, 1996.

NMM 1147.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1915.

NMM 1147.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1915.  Style U (18-3/4″).  Serial number 21789.  Factory Order Number 2415.  Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

NMM 10051.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, 1915.

NMM 10051.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1915.  Style O, Artist (15-3/4″).  Serial number 22768.  Board of Trustees, 2001.

NMM 2531.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1916.

NMM 2531.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1916.  Style U (18-3/4″).  Serial number 30907.  Factory order number 3125. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

NMM 10275. Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, ca. 1925.

NMM 10275.  Guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, ca. 1924.  Style L-3, Concert Size (13-3/4″).  Serial number 80892.  Ex coll.:  Josephine M. Spears, St. Paul, Minnesota.  Board of Trustees, 2002.

NMM 10193.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1928.  Style L-O, Concert Size (13-1/2″).  Factory Order Number 8955.  Ex coll.:  Alvin Henry Benesh, Pierre, South Dakota.  Gift of Evelyn Benesh, Pierre, 2003.

NMM 12574.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1931.

NMM 12574. Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1931.  The Gibson "Special" "Nick Lucas Model" (14-3/4″).  Serial number 873804.  Factory Order Number 9921.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2006.

NMM 13567.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1935-1937.

NMM 13567. Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1935-1937.  Style L-30 with black finish (14-13/16"). Factory order number 3240-117.   Tony & Bonnie Vinatieri Acquisitions Fund, 2008.

NMM 6073.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1936.

NMM 6073. Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1936.  Super 400, Super Grand Auditorium Size (18″).  "Small" scale.  Serial number 93759.  Factory Order Number 777 5.  Board of Trustees, 1997.

NMM 12352.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1936.

NMM 12352.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1936.  Century Model HG-C (Century of Progress) (14-3/4″).  Factory Order Number 458B.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2006.

NMM 10875.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1937.

NMM 10875.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1937.  Model L-5 (17").  Serial number 95160.  Brian Fischer Collection, 2005.

NMM 10865.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1938.

NMM 10865.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1938.  Century Model L-C (Century of Progress) (14-3/4″).  Factory Order Number 723D.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2005.

NMM 10876.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1939.

NMM 10876.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1939.  Jumbo "55" (J-55) model (16").  Factory order number EA-5651 / 613 E.  Brian Fischer Collection, 2005.

NMM 13439.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1939.

NMM 13439.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1939.  Recording King Jumbo Guitar (551 C 1027) model (16″).  Serial number EW-1683. John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2007.

NMM 5991.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1940.

NMM 5991.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1940.  Ray Whitley Custom "party guitar" (13-5/8″). Factory Order Number 923F.  Ex colls.:  Ray Whitley, Glenn Strange.  Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 1996.

NMM 10866.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1941.

NMM 10866.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1941.  Jumbo "55" (J-55) model (16″).  Factory Order Number 5285G 14.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2005.

NMM 10033.  Hawaiian guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1942.

NMM 10033.  Hawaiian guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1942.  Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe (16″).  Factory Order Number 5814H 2.  Board of Trustees, 2001.

NMM 10867.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1944.

NMM 10867.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1944.  Southerner Jumbo (SJ) model (16″).  Factory Order Number 910 25.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2005.

NMM 12575.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1953.

NMM 12575.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1953.  Jumbo "185" (J-185) model (16-1/4”).  Serial number A16591.  Factory Order Number Y6946-32.  John R. Barmeyer Collection, 2006.

NMM 1467.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1957.

NMM 1467.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1957.  Style L-48 (16″).  Serial number 29744.  Gift of Clay H. Johnson, Jr., O’Neill, Nebraska, 1976.

NMM 14380.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1964.

NMM 14380.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1964.  Dove Natural.  Serial number 224539.  Purchase funds gift of André P. Larson in honor of his wife, Kay Marcum Larson, 2009.

NMM 6761.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967.

NMM 6761.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1967.  Style B-25 (14-1/4″).  Serial number 093248.  Ex coll.:  Bill Anderson, Nashville.  Board of Trustees, 1999.

NMM 10768.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, ca. 1967.

NMM 10768.  Guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1967.  Hummingbird model (15-3/4″).  Serial number 117003.  Ex coll.:  June Carter Cash.  André P. & Kay Marcum Larson Fund, 2004.

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