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COLUMN The (Way) Back Beat

(LEFT TO RIGHT) The "economical" guitar string holder, 1915. Guitar
"furnishings," 1919. A Gibson flier for the L-Junior, circa 1920.

MIKE MORENO

added the low-end Model L-Junior, a no-frills student guitar
sans ornamentation but retaining the carved top and back. At
this time Gibson denigrated f lat-top instruments as unworthy
and inferior. Follow this argument, if you can...
"If your instrument... lack (sic) the Gibson features of
construction, all else being equal, it lacks the lack of lacks -
superlative tone - 'Gibson' tone -not because we nor anyone
else say so, but because the construction... disobeys definite
vibrational and acoustical laws."
Take that, Martin, Lyon & Healy, and Larson Brothers!
Gibson was in fact already making a f lat-top guitar (the Style
GY Army-Navy) but it was considered a specialty item, not
accorded a place in the branded line.
Gibson's archtop guitar line had been stable for some time
going into the '20s, but big changes were coming. The management and design team that included Lloyd Loar, Lewis Williams,
and Ted McHugh were working on improvements what would
culminate in the Master Model line - the L-5 of 1923 changed
the game forever, with innovations that would define what the
instruments would become over the next decades, including the
neck with adjustable truss rod, height-adjustable bridge, f-shaped
soundholes, and longitudinal bracing derived from the violin.
Some of these innovations found their way to other Gibson
instruments; the L-4 would prosper, while the Style O would
vanish. The carved-top guitar would evolve to an even higher
manifestation of Orville Gibson's original ideas. Sadly, he had
passed away in 1918 and would never get to witness it. But,
players embraced the new paradigm en masse, and for a time
Gibson would define what a guitar should be.

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