1923 Gibson H1 Mandola

(Serial No. 74352 FON 11953) Loar era instrument. Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid in the peghead, as well as the truss rod in the neck and the adjustable bridge - all of which are Loar improvements. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware but missing the pickguard. I think the bridge base may be a replacement as it does not have the stamped date, but it looks correct otherwise. Tuners are the correct arrowhead end plates only used in 1923. There is an old vinyl strap burn on the treble edge of the top. Just set up by my luthier and its ready to go. The instrument has a big deep woody sound and is easy to play. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case.

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