1923 Gibson A
(Serial # 74156 FON 11021) Excellent condition. Snakeheads are considered the best sounding of Gibson oval hole mandolins, as they ring out and punch well. Black top finish and a brownish back and sides. Original Gibson label inside. The date on this one is a bit of a mystery, as the serial number appears to be 74156, but the factory order number rubber stamped inside is 11021 which crosses in the Spann book to a 1924 build date. In any case, this is an excellent sounding and playing mandolin. It was originally built as a "A" model with no logo, top bound only. Finsih and hardware are original but missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are fine and neck set is good. Its a nice loud mandolin in excellent condition, with excellent tone. Plays easy with a nice low action. Shows a little picking and case wear. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hardshell case.

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