Since it's introduction in 1908, the Gibson Style 0 has been one of the companies most recognisable and unique instruments. The design of the Style 0 has it's roots firmly in Gibsons history of mandolin manufacturing, and the distinctive scroll cutaway design makes these guitars very desirable to collectors of pre war acoustic instruments with a tone perfect for early Jazz and Swing.
Comprised of a solid Spruce top with solid Birch back and sides, this Style 0 has certainly been well loved during its 100 year+ life span and shows some signs of repair, but retains many of its original features. The neck heel shows evidence of a repair at some point in its life, a common feature on many Style 0's due to the nature of the scroll cutaway construction. There are two visible but well repaired cracks and some lighter wood has been spliced over the heel block of the instrument, but all work has been carried out to a high standard and remains solid. Two additional struts have been added inside the body of the instrument at some point, presumably in an attempt to reinforce its structural integrity, but this has no effect on the punchy and resonant tone of the guitar.
The original tailpiece block has been replaced with an Ebony one of the same style, and the tuning machine for the D string has been replaced with a more contemporary open backed Kluson tuner. The finish has sustained some dings and wear in its life but retains all of its original finish and is in much better cosmetic condition than many Style 0's of this period. The neck is constructed from Mahogany with an Ebony fingerboard and has a very full 'V' profile, as you would expect from an instrument from this period. Some small patches around the 6th fret on the back of the neck have been filled with The back of the headstock even sports a rather primitively etched chord chart for added character! The guitar also retains its original pick guard and bracket.
On the whole this instrument is a fantastic playing and sounding guitar, and a wonderful example of Gibsons guitar making during this period. It is in very good condition for an instrument of its age and would make an excellent addition to any collection.