Here's a 1911 Gibson A4 mandolin in excellent shape and
looking for a long-term relationship. The serial number is 13068 and
the factory order number is 1523. Swipe right on this
108-year-old specimen and here's what you'll get:
Original tailpiece, Handel tuners, and endpin.
What appears to be a one-piece reproduction ebony bridge is cut to the same
dimensions as the original, complete with pinhole for the pickguard and top
slot containing four compensated ebony saddles. There's also a beautifully
executed replacement celluloid pickguard, attached with a chinrest-style clamp.
Both of these reproduction parts are of the highest quality, and could
easily be taken for originals.
Spruce top with black finish, 1-piece birch back and sides
finished in dark red, mahogany neck, front and back binding,
fancy rosette, bound ebony fretboard, and fleur-de-lis headstock
inlay with "The Gibson" logo. There is a small repaired top crack under
the pickguard. Lovingly restored, this black beauty is ready
for another century of music-making. It resides in a modern shaped
As for the sound, it's what you'd expect from a vintage Gibson
oval-hole: not overwhelming, but
sweet and well developed, balanced throughout the range if
slightly "tubby" in the lower register.
There'a a reason people like vintage Gibsons, and that reason
is ... vintage Gibsons, especially ones like this. A
hundred and eight years is a long time, but who knows? In another 108
years it might sound even better.
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for more information. $2,500 plus shipping.