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Gibson Master Museum #1 J-200 Trellis Vine Custom
The following is an email from former Gibson master builder, Ren Ferguson:
As always Great to hear from you!
Thanks for the opportunity to give you some additional information on the 1st Master Museum that you purchased from Gibson Guitar back in either 2003 or 2004. I don't remember if it was at the summer NAMM Jam at the Custom Shop in Nashville or later that year during the 04' NAMM in Los Angeles.
I must be getting old. Heck I am OLD!
Anyhow here is the information you requested for "History" sake since the airing of "Pawn Stars" and another custom guitar I built for Gibson in 1993 that claimed to be the first Master Museum.
It actually was the first custom I did for Gibson but not a Master Museum.
The Master Museum Guitar
It has Serial Number 01373001.
The Top is select Sitka Spruce, all done with "hide glued" bracing.
The Back and Sides are of ZIricote a wonderful Tone wood from Mexico.
I also has the Mahogany head block with the serial number inlaid in Mother of Pearl in a block of Ebony.
All the Master Museums have this identification.
The Fingerboard, headstock and the pickguard have the very first Double vine done at Gibson with my original Vine design done in Paua Ab-Lam and completely surrounded by a fine edging of Mother of pearl.
The Neck is of Figured Eastern Maple with custom color accents laminated down the center and the back of the headstock is of Ebony with multiple Bindings.I also relief carved the heel of the neck which has been then hand painted in the Poly-chrome style.
The entire body is bound with the same paua shell on all sides.
Not only was this the most elaborate "Flat Top Gibson" ever created, it led to a many more "One of a Kind" Customs to be build over the next 5-6 years.
If I can help with anything further please don't hesitate to contact me,
All the best,
The following is an email from the head of Gibson Montana, Don Ruffatto:
After doing the research and talking with others here at Gibson Acoustic, what we have determined is that although the Custom Shop had indeed built guitars of this type earlier in our time in Bozeman, the Trellis Vine ser # 01373001 was the first to be labeled by certificate as a Master Museum. Each Master Museum is a true one of a kind, and this guitar will never be duplicated.
Please note that other Master Museum level acoustics created by Ren may also be considered Master Museums by the global community, although not specifically labeled as such.
I hope this clarifies the matter somewhat.
Let me know if you need more.
5 lbs. 15 oz.
All items listed with serial numbers, show the actual instrument in the photographs.
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