by Benoît Meulle-Stef
by Gregg Miner)
Chapter 4. Last Changes
the beginning of the ’twenties the last harp guitars were made, though they
remained on the price list well into the ’30s. One last change was done on the
guitars to improve them, resulting in a two-piece bridge. By 1923,
as in all the other Gibson guitars, the bridge for
the six-string section became adjustable and totally made of ebony. A smaller
maple-ebony bridge was
added on the side to hold the sub basses and make them longer. Note
that the tailpiece was also changed to a 2-stair model.
The problem with the new
that with the bass string tension the bass bridge is pulled over, resulting in
the G# sub-bass coming into contact with the guitar bridge and buzzing.
The problem with the new arrangement is that with the bass string tension the bass bridge is pulled over, resulting in the G# sub-bass coming into contact with the guitar bridge and buzzing.
can see a 2-piece bridge on this photo from the ’twenties.
(Photo from the Steve Howe Collection)
2-piece bridge, customized.
from the net)
ebonized finish U of the late ’twenties.
(Photo from the net)
instrument is really amazing: You can see the new bridge-tailpiece,
but the guitar has been changed to include12 sub-basses.
(Photo from C.F. Charles)
Article by Benoît
Meulle-Stef with the help of:
Mr Gruhn for original
catalogue material and help.
Gregg Miner for help
with English, photos and formatting.
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