Gibson Dove

The Gibson Dove is a flattop steel-string acoustic guitar made by the Gibson Guitar Corporation since 1962.

Gibson Dove
Gibson Dove 2005.jpg
2005 Gibson Dove
ManufacturerGibson
Period1962–present
Construction
Body typeFlattop
Neck jointMaple
Woods
BodyMaple
NeckMaple
FretboardRosewood
Hardware
BridgeTune-O-Matic or adjustable or fixed rosewood
Pickup(s)LR Baggs
Colors available
Sunburst, Natural, Ebony

HistoryEdit

 
KT Tunstall performing at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival with a Gibson Dove. Tunstall has said of it, "I’ll often be playing bass lines instead of just regular guitar chords, and I would find that with any other guitar I was playing, I couldn't get that force of bass and that real richness of the bass tones that I could get on the Dove."[1]

The Dove was Gibson's second square-shouldered dreadnought, after the introduction of the Hummingbird in 1960. First made in 1962 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, it was based on the Martin D-style dreadnought.[2]

Both Gibsons have solid spruce tops and engraved pickguards. The Dove has solid maple back and sides instead of the solid mahogany used for the Hummingbird, and a longer scale length (25.5" vs 24.75"). These make it a louder, brighter guitar than the Hummingbird.[citation needed]

The double parallelogram fingerboard inlays, the two doves on the bridge, and the dove on the pickguard are mother-of-pearl. The original Doves had Gibson's metal tune-o-matic bridge, which seemed like a technological improvement at the time but had negative effects on tone and volume.[citation needed] The Dove has factory installed LR Baggs active electronics powered by a 9-volt battery.[citation needed]

In 1968 the internal bracing of the Dove was made heavier.[3] This sturdier guitar was less likely to be returned to Gibson for warranty work, but its volume was reduced and tone negatively affected.[4]

In 1985 Gibson's new owners began to address the quality issues that were affecting the company's products and reputation.[5] By 1992 production of Gibson acoustic guitars was shifted to Bozeman, Montana.

ModelsEdit

Models include the Dove Performer (with a Fishman Prefix T Pickup), the Dove Quilt (limited to 20 made with a quilted maple back and sides), the Doves in Flight (with extra ornaments), and the Elvis Presley Dove, based on the 1969 custom Dove that Elvis used in the early 1970s.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KT Tunstall on Her Custom White Dove".
  2. ^ Hembry, Gil;Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty's Golden Era 1948-1966; GH Books; Austin, TX; 2007.
  3. ^ "Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson flattop vintage guitar collecting". Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  4. ^ Eldon Whitford, David Vinopal, Dan Erlewine.; Gibson's fabulous flat-top guitars : an illustrated history & guide; GPI Books; San Francisco; c1994. ISBN 0-87930-297-6
  5. ^ Kevin Maney.; Guitar-playing Harvard man turns Gibson around; USA Today; 02/21/2006.
  6. ^ "Elvis' 1969 Ebony Custom Gibson Dove". Retrieved 2007-03-09.

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