Gibson Style A Carved Top Mandolin (1922)

Gibson  Style A Carved Top Mandolin  (1922)
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Item # 7387
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Gibson Style A Model Carved Top Mandolin (1922), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 69316, brown stain finish, birch back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, black hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm.), 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) width, and 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).

This is a VERY well-worn but great-sounding mandolin from the early 1920s, just when Master Lloyd Loar was starting to work his magic at Gibson. There is heavy finish wear everywhere, and the tuners, bridge, and tailpiece are all correct style but more recent replacements. There are repairs to both sides of the headstock where the glued-on wings likely separated long ago, done in the old style with small wooden dowels sunk in from the sides. The headstock shows a bit of added varnish but the rest of the finish is original, albeit worn through in many places.

The frets and nut are new, so this is a fine player with exceptional volume for an A-style with a bright bark much like the "snakehead" A-style that Gibson would debut the next year. This is far from the prettiest old Gibson mandolin we have had, but a really super player's instrument, ready for the most rough-and-tumble of gigs! Includes an odd looking but perfectly functional hard case with an oddly loose-fit pleather covering. Overall Very Good Condition.