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Gibson Style O

Gibson Style O Guitar ( 1902 to 1923 )

1918 gibson style o guitar The gibson style O guitar has a primitive and old style mandolin design but they play a major and important roll in gibson's history, especially for acoustic archtop guitars .

These gibson guitars were considered the most prestigious guitars of its time and is known to be the base model design from which other future gibson archtop guitars derived from .

They were based on original archtop designs from Orville Gibson himself , and were actually introduced in the late 1800s .

Early style O gibson models had wide paddle shaped pegheads with one piece neck and sides , mahogany back and sides , oval soundhole , banjo style tuning pegs , black top finishes , and were 18" wide .

In 1906 slotted pegheads were added with "The Gibson" slanted logo on it , fingerboards were made with a round pointed end that surpassed the sound hole .

pointed cutawayIn 1908 they changed the body shape , it had a trapeze tailpiece , a carved artistic twirl on its bout with a single pointed cutaway feature ( see pic ) which set the stage for future legendary cutaway guitars , notice how the pointed cutaway resembles the cutaway on the Es-175 , L-4 C , SG models and many others .

In 1911 elevated pickguards were installed , in 1918 a fleur-de-lis peghead inlay was added on the peghead and were available in red mahogany sunburst finishes .

A truss rod was added in 1921 and the gibson style o guitar faded away in 1923 , few models were sold in 1924 and 25 .

gibson mandolin The gibson style O guitars looked very much like their line of mandolins ( see pic ) which were mainstream instruments during the early 20s ,

but they were short lived when the highly crafted Gibson L-5 guitar was introduced with F-holes in 1922 and dominated the guitar market. ( Pics Courtesy of frets.com )

Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1902 - 1923 > $4000 to $4400

guitar price guideAvg Upward Trend Of 9% a Year since 2000


  1. Anonymous11:51 PM

    I have A 1907 Gibson Style 0 serial # 5783 that is a rare presentation model.It looks like a modern flat top in that it has an oval sound hole at the beginning of the neck. The slotted headstock has no Gibson script, just an inlaid star and cross. The neck has an inlay tree of life and this example is 18 " wide which despite what you say made this unusual and at the very top of the Gibson guitar line for that year.... George Gruhn estimated its value at $8500.00 U.S.. But this model is exceptional in its rarity.

  2. Anonymous7:03 AM

    I'd like to buy your style o if you are interested?

  3. I have a 1906 Style O Gibson that was once my Grandfathers. I have the paperwork on it as I took it to George Gruin in Nashville about ten years ago. If anyone is interested in the purchase of this beautiful guitar, please contact me via email at or call/text at 850-381-0190

    Mark Caughlin
    Panama City, Florida

  4. Anonymous5:48 PM

    I have a 1920 Style 0 & original hard case that my Great-Uncle gave me in 1963. I would be willing to sell it to the right person for the right price. Photos available.