1923 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 73889 FON 11891) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very minor playing wear. Snakehead A models from 1923-1925 are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is the A4 which was the top of the line for the A style mandolins. Original finish and hardware, including the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, original adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, and tailpiece. Missing the pickguard. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Just set up by my luthier so it has a nice low action with excellent volume and tone. This is just a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakeheads are the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson. A minor top crack beside the fretboard has been professionally repaired. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition.
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