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1912 Gibson A1 Mandolin #12805


1912 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1911 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A1
Serial 12805
Factory order number unknown


Excellent condition with a natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color and a reddish back and sides. Pearl logo in the peghead, bound top, back, sides and fretboard, and it has the original Gibson label inside. Finish is original as are the tuners, bridge and tailpiece. Its missing the pickguard and the tailpiece cover is a 60's Gibson. Looks like it was refretted with guitar frets, which are slightly larger than the old mandolin wire. Many pro pickers use the larger frets as it allows faster speed when picking. Shows a little playing wear on the back of the neck. Back seam was reglued at some point in the distant past. Plays good and has good bass with a full round resonant sound. Comes with a newer hard case.


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  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish


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