1929 Gibson HG-24
Gibson introduced its "round shouldered" dreadnought shape in 1929, two years before a dreadnought appeared under the Martin brand. But Gibson's dreadnought shape was available only in an unusual model family that featured an inner body wall and four f-holes in the top (in addition to the round hole). Gibson didn't introduce a conventional 16-inch dreadnought - with no inner wall and no f-holes - until the Jumbo of 1934.
Or so we thought, until we found this HG-24 from 1929. It not only is the earliest Gibson standard-construction dreadnought we have ever encountered, it has curly maple back and sides rather than the rosewood of the typical HG-24 or the mahogany of the later Jumbo. And it has exceptionally fine sound.
This instrument (inv. #AG5313) is in VG+ condition after restoration by Gruhn Guitars and is offered, with hard case, at $50,000.
This instrument is SOLD
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