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1912 Gibson A4 Mandolin #12320


1912 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1911 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 12320
Factory order number unknown


EC- except repaired side crack and back of neck refinished, ivoroid-bound black carved spruce top with oval soundhole, inlaid half herringbone-ivoroid-half herringbone soundhole rosette, red-stained birch sides and ivoroid-bound carved birch back, fleur-de-lis and angled "The
Gibson" pearl inlays in headstock, ivoroid-bound 20-fret ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, compensated ebony bridge, mahogany / walnut neck joins body at 10th fret, 4-on-a-plate open gear tuners with Handel inlaid tuner buttons, "The Gibson" tailpiece, tortoise plastic pickguard (replacement mount), 10" body width, 1-3/4" body depth, ~14" scale, 1-3/16" nut width, with later era black shaped HSC (purple lining)


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  • Black finish
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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