1923 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 73001 FON 11826) Excellent condition showing some playing wear. True red sunburst finish. This is the transition year when Gibson went to the snakehead design for their mandolins. However, with this mandolin you get the best of both designs - the wider fingerboard of the paddle peghead neck along with the truss rod and adjustable bridge of the later mandolins. Most importantly, they have the sound of the snakeheads. You get all of the Loar era improvements with a wider neck for more comfortable playing. All hardware and finish is original but it is missing the pickguard. Nicely figured wood in the back, and the tuners have the marbled buttons only seen for a short while in 1922-23. No repairs. Shows some minor pickwear and wear to the finish on the back of the neck. Just set up and the frets dressed so the action is excellent and has the typical woody roundhole Gibson tone. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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