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1915 Gibson A4 Mandolin #21159


1915 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1913 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 21159
Factory Order number: 2375


VGC+ except back, sides and neck are oversprayed, black carved spruce top, red-stained sides and back, 21-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays (professionally refretted), 1-3/16" nut width (replacement nut), 14" scale, ivoroid soundhole rosette with inlaid wood rope pattern on each side, ivoroid-bound body, soundhole and fretboard, fleur-de-lis and "The Gibson" pearl inlays in headstock, 4-on-a-plate open gear tuners with Handel tuner buttons, replacement adjustable ebony bridge, "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece, tortoise plastic pickguard is heavily modified, pickguard bracket stamped "PAT.JULY 4, 1911", with OHSC (purple lining), on consignment (SN:21159 F.O.N. 2375)


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  • Purple-lined hardshell case
  • Black finish
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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