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Year shipped: 1934

Serial number: 90208


Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 19-fret ebony fingerboard with pointed end and block inlays from the first fret

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Ebony bridge, gold-plated hardware including trapeze tailpiece. Long pickguard. Sperzel tuners are replacements and the guitar has been retrofitted with a pickup

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Now in the collection of the Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum, this guitar once belonged to New York photographer Jose Gaytan.


According to vintage instrument dealer Lawrence Wexer, luthier Ken Parker re-graduated and X-braced the top in the mid 1980s. At the same time, the neck profile was reduced and the back of the body and neck were refinished.

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With thanks to Ruurd Feitsma of the

Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum