A revealing look at Gibson® in the vintage years.
Decades of data collection, first-hand interviews with former employees, and detailed analysis form the basis of this groundbreaking look at the pre-war Gibson® company. These are details of company operations previously unexplored in books dealing with the broader history of Gibson. Spann's Guide is the talk of the vintage collector community! It's bursting with factory order number charts, rosters of employees, dealers, teacher-agents, endorsers and suppliers, production totals, serial numbers, and fascinating vintage photos from Kalamazoo. 296 pages, softcover.
Spann's Guide digs deep into Gibson's® pre-war factory order number (FON) inventory and serial number systems, corrects longstanding chronological errors, and offers revealing profiles of parts vendors and individual employees.
Contents in brief: Layout and organization of pre-war Gibson factories Biographical profiles and rosters of Gibson employees Vendors of services, supplies and parts to Gibson Factory order number (inventory) charts for individual instruments Serial number index 1905-1947 Distribution system and dealer list circa 1935 Profiles of Gibson teacher-agents Profiles and list of artist endorsers List with descriptions of Gibson and Kalamazoo instrument models Gibson banjo features Summary of Gibson production totals 1925-1939 Instrument production costs for 1941
Joe Spann is a long-time Gibson enthusiast, banjoist and historian, who has been the director of one of the largest historical and genealogical libraries in the U.S. for the past 20 years.