1920 Gibson A3 Mandolin
(Serial Number 65926) If you are looking for a session mandolin, this one will do it. As you can see in the pictures, the white top shows a lot of playing wear. Someone loved this mandolin and played it a lot. Its structually fine, the back and sides are fairly clean, the neck is straight, neck set is good, and the frets are fine. It has been fitted with a later Loar era adjustable bridge, which was a common upgrade. The body finish is original. Although the camera flash shows the top as white, it has aged to a beautiful ivory color. Norman Blake has a video out where he uses one. Its set up very well and plays very easy. Has strong volume with a very balanced sound - this would be a good session instrument. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. No repairs noted, missing the pickguard. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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