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1915 Gibson A4 Mandolin #21384


1915 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1913 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 21384
Factory Order number: 2375


VG-EC, black carved spruce top, red-stained sides and one-piece back, mahogany neck joins body at 10th fret, 21-fret ebony fingerboard with treble side extension and pearl dot inlays, 1-3/16" nut width, ~14" scale, oval soundhole with ivoroid binding, ivoroid soundhole rosette with inlaid wood rope pattern on each side, ivoroid-bound body and fretboard, fleur-de-lis and "The Gibson" pearl inlays in headstock, 4-on-a-plate open gear tuners with ivoroid tuner buttons, replacement ebony bridge, "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece, tortoise plastic pickguard has been altered to fit bridge, pickguard stamped "PAT.MAR.30.'09", pickguard bracket stamped "PAT.JULY 4, 1911", fine sound, with OHSC (purple lining) (SN:21384 F.O.N. 2375)


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • All-original parts
  • Purple-lined hardshell case
  • Black finish
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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