The Guitars - 1910 Gibson F-Hole Jazz


"The legendary "1910 Gibson F-Hole Jazz Guitar."

John Denver received this guitar as a gift from his grandmother when he was 12 years old. She told him that it was the guitar she learned to play on when she was a little girl. He has spoken about this guitar in countless interviews, television shows, and concerts.

The guitar has played a large part in John Denver’s life. He credits this guitar as his inspiration for writing the song: “This Old Guitar.”

John Denver's knowledge on this guitar came solely from his grandmother. He cherished the guitar and the "stories it told" ever since he was 12 years old.

However, through extensive research JDGRS has found that the description of this guitar is not entirely accurate.

Interesting Reported Information:

We call this guitar a "Prototype Hybrid." The guitar is a combination of both a Gibson and an Epiphone Guitar. The headstock, neck (which has 19 frets instead of 22), f-holes, and the body is made up of both guitar brands. It is believed that spare parts from both companies were used in the construction of this particular guitar.

This instrument is currently on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

Additional Photos










A promotional photo from the movie Foxfire, circa 1987; featuring John Denver, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

A frame grab from the movie Foxfire, circa 1987; featuring John Denver, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

A frame grab from the movie Foxfire, circa 1987; featuring John Denver, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

A promotional photo from the movie Foxfire, circa 1987; featuring John Denver, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

Guitar Type: Archtop Sunburst Dark Mahogany Spruce Model Specs: Gibson L-30 (Introduced from 1935-1943) Year this guitar is believed to be: 1938 Archtop Sunbursts for this model were introduced starting at the end of 1937

Inside of guitar is Ladder Braced on an angle

Base of Guitar/Width- 13.5in-14.50in-14.75in




Neck- 19 Frets. 5 Frets to first dot on Fret board 8 Frets to the 2 dots side by side Dots continue to appear at the 11th, 13th, 15th, and 17th frets.

Tuning Pegs- Originals were pearl and oval in shape

Head Stock Tuning Pegs Made by Grover

Tuning Pegs read “PAT PEND USA" Only manufactured on models from 1952-1955 Tuning pegs believed to be replaced by either John Denver or his grandmother.

Flat Back indicates a lower end model


Side of Guitar Length- 35in-36in Length of Entire Guitar- 38in-39in



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