by Benoît Meulle-Stef

(edited by Gregg Miner)

Chapter 4. Last Changes

In 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 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.

You can see a 2-piece bridge on this photo from the ’twenties.

(Photo from the Steve Howe Collection)

Another 2-piece bridge, customized.

(Photo from the net)

An ebonized finish U of the late ’twenties.

(Photo from the net)

This late-era 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)  

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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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