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Steve_Farmer

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Hi everyone,

Last year I was fortunate enough to have an old style U Gibson harp-guitar ('06, '07 ?) land in my lap. It had been rode hard and really showed its age. (Cracks, grime, unstrung, and no case.) I knew not what I had, much less how to play it! I'm just an average guitarist, and, over the past year, have found the web site and forum enormously helpful. A local luthier has been able to get the guitar playable. My part, learning to play it, is another matter. :-)

So why join the forum now after just reading the posts for the past year?

I plan to attend the gathering this year as it is on my side of the country. (About a 10 or 11 hour drive. I don't think my wife would put up with trying to fly with this 16 stringed elephant!)

I look forward to meeting all of you and thought it would be a good idea to, at least, say hello beforehand.

So, Hello, and if anyone wants to talk about old Gibson Style U's, let me know.

Thanks for everything you all do!

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Dear Steve:
                 Welcome to the madhouse! I know what you mean about the elephant, one have been lying on my shop for nearly 5 years and nobody talks about it! It's a 18 strings black elephant form 1908. Do you have photos of yours?
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Hi Benoit,

I'll post a few photos later today or tomorrow. (Things to do...things to do...)

Thanks for the interest and the wonderful history you have provided to the site. I've learned a lot about my Style U from you and look forward to more information.

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Well, here they are...



The back has a solid brown color that I don't think is original.




Some repair has been done to the wood. I think the keys are all original.



I don't think the pick guard is original to this vintage instrument but I kept it because it allows me to anchor my hand easier when playing.



The label has seen better days but I was able to get the information from it.

There is also some extra inlay that I haven't seen on other guitars. From the look and feel, I don't think they are original either. (But I like them...)



That's all for now. Let me know what you think.

Steve "I'm out standing in my field" Farmer

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Very nice Steve! And welcome to the asylum.

Se you in Richmond.


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Dear Steve:
                  Yep, same as mine... The tuners are the original ones and you are right the inlays have been added. Something funny about them: half of them have a inlay at the 9th fret and half at the 10th... Back then many players prefered the "French 10th fret inlay"...
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What a beauty! 
as for the pickguard, it looks very similar to the one on John Doans which is original (tortise shell).  I like the funky inlay on the wood arm.

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Hi Steve, I have just finished restoring my Black 1906 Gibson model R Harp Guitar and it will be at the gathering this year too. It will arrive in a $425 case (in one piece I hope). These instruments are easy to play if you just forget about those pesky extra bass strings.
Michael

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Hi all,

Just a note to catch up.

Dennis... If you know you're in the asylum it can't be all bad!

Benoit... I've had a devil of a time getting the bass tuners to hold tune. From the marks on the wood people have tried a lot of things through the years.  I've installed nylon washers now and they seem to be holding okay. Am I right in thinking that the original material for washers might have been felt? 

Nate... Thanks for the support on the wood arm inlays. They feel a little rough to the touch and, if I ever try to refinish this thing, I might be able to work them a little better.

Michael... I've followed your restoration in the posts the last year and have to say, "WOW" If this Style-U had been in that shape I would probably have given up a long time ago! Great job, and I look forward to seeing it this fall. As for the pesky bass strings, Ya, I know, but ain't it a challenge?

Thanks again,

Steve 

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