1927

The shipping dates listed below relate to the instrument’s serial number and are based on information provided in Spann’s Guide To Gibson by Joseph E. Spann

Note that the serial number indicates the date at which the instrument was shipped rather than its date of manufacture

All examples have maple back and sides unless otherwise indicated

If an instrument appears in one of our picture galleries this is noted beneath the serial number

Serial Number: 81000

Year shipped: 1927

FON: 

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

Serial Number: 81273

Year shipped: 1927

FON: 8657

(See Type Two Gallery)

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret with double dots at the 12th and 17th frets

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners. Short bound pickguard

Notes: This guitar was purchased new directly from the Gibson Factory by musician Stanley Richards

Source: Stan Werbin of Elderly Instruments

Serial Number: 81314

Year shipped: 1927

FON:

(See Type Two Gallery)

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret with double dots at the 12th and 17th frets

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners. Short bound pickguard and ebony bridge

Source: Richard Ortiz

Serial Number: 81339

Year shipped: 1927

FON:

Body. There is a hairline crack above the bass side f-hole and the back binding may have been replaced.

Notes: The back and sides of the body and the neck have been refinished. Has original case

Source: www.mandolinarchive.com

Serial Number: 81629

Year shipped: 1927

FON:

(See Type Two Gallery)

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo, pearl nut

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret with double dots at the 12th and 17th frets. Fingerboard binding adjacent to the 18th and 19th frets has been replaced.

Body: Maple back and sides. Small top crack at the waist below the pickguard and centre seam repair

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and backward facing Grover banjo tuners. Short bound pickguard has been notched for a pickup

Notes: Has Master Model label

Source: Folkway Music

Serial Number: 81707

Year shipped: 1927

FON: 8688

(See Type Two Gallery)

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays from the fifth fret with double dots at the 12th and 17th frets.

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and Waverly three-on-a-strip tuners. Short bound pickguard and ebony bridge

Source: Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions 

Serial Number: 81791

Year shipped: 1927

FON: 

(See Type Two Gallery)

Headstock: Diagonal ‘The Gibson’ logo

Neck/fingerboard: see notes below

Body: Maple back and sides

Hardware: Gold-plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece. Replica short bound pickguard

Notes: The ebony fingerboard is a replacement built by Cris Mirabella who also made the nut, pickguard and support bracket. The upper section of the bridge is a replica made by Cumberland Acoustics. Though the guitar is pictured in our Type Two Gallery with its original tuners these have since been replaced by gold-plated Waverlys

Source: Rod Mcdonald