1936 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial No. 450B-3) Made in 1936 based on the factory order number in the Spann book. Has the earlier large tailpice cover. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, nicely flamed dark stained maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. These mandolins were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Frets are fine, neck is straight. All hardware and finish are original. Has the typical nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for nearly 80 years. Looks like there was some heat damage on the treble side in the past - probably leaned up against a radiator. It is structually fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Just set up by my luthier. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with an original hard shell case.
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