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1920 Gibson A-4 Mandolin

$2,250.00
Year
1920
Manufacturer
Gibson
Model
A-4 Mandolin
Condition
Excellent
Description

There are few mandolins in the hierarchy of Gibson A-style (teardrop shaped, oval hole) models that are as beautiful as the top-of-the-line A-4.  It exudes elegance with every fibrous pore. From the lush vintage see-thru Cherry finish to the stately and regal abalone fleur-de-lis headstock inlay; from the hand-selected maple sides and back and what appears to us to be an Adirondack spruce top; from the triple ring (“rope-celluloid-rope”) soundhole rosette to the nickel-plated “The Gibson” floral pattern engraved tailpiece cover, and who could forget the crème top, back and neck binding, this is a dignified and impressive instrument. At some point during the year 1921 Gibson debuted their adjustable truss rod, Gibson made 5,649 serialized pieces, so it missed this change by mere months. It did, however come with the new type adjustable bridge & the beautiful amber-button open-gear, filigreed plate tuning machines common to period 1919 to the early ‘20s. This A-4 is in solidly excellent condition. It shows normal finish checking, normal signs of use and wear including ultra light scratches, dings, nicks, chips, scrapes and scuffs; the frets show some wear but do not need replacement. She plays very well & has a fantastic tone quality. It is excellent overall & has no repairs at all. Other than its missing pickgard & brackets, it is 100% original & comes with its original hard case.

1920 Gibson A-4 Mandolin

$2,250.00

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Description

There are few mandolins in the hierarchy of Gibson A-style (teardrop shaped, oval hole) models that are as beautiful as the top-of-the-line A-4.  It exudes elegance with every fibrous pore. From the lush vintage see-thru Cherry finish to the stately and regal abalone fleur-de-lis headstock inlay; from the hand-selected maple sides and back and what appears to us to be an Adirondack spruce top; from the triple ring (“rope-celluloid-rope”) soundhole rosette to the nickel-plated “The Gibson” floral pattern engraved tailpiece cover, and who could forget the crème top, back and neck binding, this is a dignified and impressive instrument. At some point during the year 1921 Gibson debuted their adjustable truss rod, Gibson made 5,649 serialized pieces, so it missed this change by mere months. It did, however come with the new type adjustable bridge & the beautiful amber-button open-gear, filigreed plate tuning machines common to period 1919 to the early ‘20s. This A-4 is in solidly excellent condition. It shows normal finish checking, normal signs of use and wear including ultra light scratches, dings, nicks, chips, scrapes and scuffs; the frets show some wear but do not need replacement. She plays very well & has a fantastic tone quality. It is excellent overall & has no repairs at all. Other than its missing pickgard & brackets, it is 100% original & comes with its original hard case.