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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 2531.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1916

This 1916 harp-guitar bears the customized, engraved initials of an early owner on the pick guard. The letters CEF appear inside a circle surrounded on each side by sprigs, engraving work that looks professionally done. The instrument also bears rhinestones inlaid in the pillar and the fingerboard.


Front, Side, and Back Views

NMM 2531.  Harp-guitar by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Co., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1916 Treble side view Bass side view Back view

Note: Click on any major structural area of the front or back to see a close-up of that area.


Soundhole and Label

Soundhole Label

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Patent Date on Pickguard Support

Patent date on pickguard support


Neck Heel

Neck heel


Original Tuning Wrench

Tuning wrench


Literature:  Joseph R. Johnson, Mandolin Clubs and Orchestras in the United States (1880-1920): Their Origin, History and Instruments, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 1987), pp. 66-68, 143.

Joseph R. Johnson, "The Mandolin Orchestra in America, Part 3: Other Instruments," American Lutherie, Vol. 21 (Spring 1990), pp. 50-51.

Joseph R. Johnson, "The Mandolin Orchestra in America," The Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Two, 1988-1990, (Tacoma, Washington: Guild of American Luthiers, 2000), pp. 274-276.


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