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1912 Gibson K4 Mandocello #12948


1912 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1911 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandocello, Style K4
Serial 12948
Factory Order number: 1661


Red Neck replaced by Gibson (1927?)


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  • Evidence of Later Gibson factory work
  • Red finish


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