New Gibson Labels Available on the InternetBy

New Gibson Labels Available on the Internet

Gibson guitars and banjos are among the most eagerly collected and expensive musical instruments. Counterfeit labels with the Gibson name have been sold through several web sites and mail order offers. One type of authentic Gibson label and a corresponding new label are shown below.

The new Gibson labels we found were offered by "restoration" services. While restoration of any antique or collectible is certainly legitimate, the use of new labels is questionable at the very least.

White oval labels were used on instruments from 1902 to 1954, at which time the oval label was changed to an orange color. On instruments with round sound holes, this label is visible directly below it. On f-hole instruments, it is visible through the upper f-hole.

Labels, marks and signatures should never be used as your only test of age or authenticity whether you are evaluating glass, paintings or musical instruments. All types of marks including labels are easily forged. Use a variety of tests before making a final judgement.


Fig. 1 Genuine Gibson white oval label used ca. 1902-1954. Black letters on white background.


Fig. 2 New Gibson label. Black lettering on gold background.

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