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Author Topic: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4  (Read 1121 times)

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Offline Mr.OMuck

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Its at Carmine Street Guitars. It made me sound more like Big Bill than ever before. If you're in town and have an extra 3K sittin' around, BUY THIS SUCKER! IT IS INCREDIBLE! Picture enclosed: Incidentally if there are any 1% -ers[/img] with guilty consciences out there you could always buy it for ME!

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 10:21:33 AM »
Is there any way to enlarge the picture?

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 10:35:59 AM »
Do you mean beyond clicking on it?

And Happy Birthday, btw!

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 01:02:49 PM »
Duh!

Thanks, John. Obviously I'm getting older, not better.

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 01:39:23 PM »
Thanks, John. Obviously I'm getting older, not better.

It's a big club you belong to. Happy birthday!

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011, 05:07:08 PM »
I had a shot at one of those. It was not loud enough though, and neither was another example I played elsewhere. It made me quite leery of that model. The overall impression was 'overbuilt', they both weighed a ton. Loud and light (within reason) is always going to be better than quiet and heavy.

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011, 06:10:41 PM »
This one is the exception. Loud, bright
And outta site!
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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011, 07:54:53 PM »
Phil, this is an archtop, yes?  I love my poor man's Gibson oval hole, an Eastman.  Loud and bright, and the sound seems to be a combination of archtop and flat top, mostly leaning to flat top.  How would you describe the Gibson oval hole (I mean besides outta site)?  3K seems very reasonable for this guitar (especially in NY) and I may never have said that about a vintage Gibson!

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 08:55:35 PM »
Sounds good. Make sure it's loud. Bargain the price down lower.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2011, 08:56:50 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 06:39:19 AM »
I would have to say that this guitar has the openeness and warmth of a good flat top somewhat equivalent to my '63 D18
Plus a sound character that I can only describe as how you always dreamed an archtop would sound but never does. In other words it's a phenomenal sounding guitar!
« Last Edit: December 03, 2011, 07:51:52 AM by Mr.OMuck »
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Today I played a 1914 Orville Gibson, Oval soundhole red sunburst L4
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 08:03:57 AM »
I should mention however that it does
Have the clubby neck typical of the period. I didn't t find this to be a problem but some might.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

http://www.youtube.com/user/MuckOVision

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