1919 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial No. 48659 FON 11153) Excellent condition. This has a 1919 Serial number, but the factory order number shows it was made in 1918, and probably in early 1918 as Gibson went to brown tops later in 1918. The silk screened logo was added by the Gibson factory when it went back for repairs in the 1930's. Gibson just did this in the 1930s and 40's for any mandolin that came back that did not have a peghead logo. As there were few independent luthiers then, most repairs such as a refret were sent back to the factory. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color and a reddish back and sides. Top bound only with unbound back with the original Gibson label inside. Hardware is original, finish is original. Missing the pickguard. Frets are good, neck set is good, and it was just set up by my luthier. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case.

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