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Now Accepting Submissions
We don't have a public system to automate your submissions, but you are
invited to email them to
Furthermore, if you're a real hard-core addict like we are, please get in
touch, there are many things we could use a hand on with keeping the database
of instruments fresh and up to date.
Please only send information if you are able to read the serial number on your mandolin, with no more than 2 obscured digits. We also really appreciate digital images, but please only send images if they are under 300k in file size! You should also only send images if you don't mind them being displayed on the website here. It is assumed that any images submitted by email are free from
copyright constraints, and sent by the photographer or rights owner.
We like to track the following information in our listings:
- Serial Number. Required information! Visible on the Gibson label
inside the soundhole, either written in pen, pencil, or stamped. (Please
let us know how it appears). Serial numbers in our current collection range
from 1-99999. Serial numbers mixed with letters fall outside of our current
efforts, as do any instruments made after 1945.
- Model designation (ie a2, f4, Ljr, etc). Also visible on the label.
If you aren't sure, we can usually tell from photographs. A minimum of
"mandolin, mandola, mandocello" should come with this information
- Finish color. Normal names are "Blackface", "Sheraton Brown",
"Natural Finish" or "Blonde", "Orange" or "Pumpkin", "Whiteface", "Red",
- Condition. A description, history, details of damage or replaced parts if known
- Stamp Number or "Factory Order Number" (Fon). Harder to see- this is
visible with the aid of a mirror, looking up towards the top-inside of the
instrument where the neck meets the body. Stamped on the wood, this number
indicates the "Batch" this instrument was originally a part of. Stamp
numbers are very helpful in correlating mandolins with unusual features.
- Dates & Signatures. Some instruments are signed & dated. Please include this information if you see a signature label.
- Price Tags, Bills, etc. Original invoices & price tags also interest us. Very little of this sort of documentation has survived. If you have located an instrument that is a time capsule, let us know what else you found in the case with it!
- Case. Presence of case, color of lining, condition.
We can't guarantee a speedy turnaround, but we greatly appreciate the time you take to sumit information. We also can't offer you an appraisal service, though you might get some interesting long-winded blather from us about your instrument. Contacting one of our contributors from the
about page is a better way to get your instrument valued.