Gibson A-50 Carved Top Mandolin (1950)

Gibson  A-50 Carved Top Mandolin  (1950)
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Gibson A-50 Model Carved Top Mandolin (1950), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 4963-20, sunburst lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original black hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 26 1/4 in. (66.7 cm.), 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 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 superb and nicely original example of an A-50, Gibson's "working man's" mandolin made at the dawn of the 1950's. This F-hole oval bodied instrument was a mainstay in the Kalamazoo company's line for years, and sounds great in a wide variety of musical situations. There is a lovely dark sunburst on the top and back, with the back showing some nicely grained burl maple.

The original finish shows some checking and small dings and dents but still has a nice original shine to it. All hardware is original and complete except the tuner buttons on the original very early Kluson Deluxe tuners are replacements and Gibson style strap buttons have been added at the tailpiece and neck heel. The frets show some moderately heavy wear in the lower positions on the first and second string courses but playability is not affected. This mandolin is complete in its original Gibson HSC which is also very nicely preserved. Excellent Condition.