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1915 Gibson A Mandolin #23871


1915 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1914 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 23871
Factory Order number: 2542


pumpkin color carved spruce top with oval soundhole, paddle-shaped headstock, one-piece mahogany neck, 20 fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, ivoroid-bound top and soundhole, "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece, 4-in-a-line tuners with ivoroid buttons, rope-pattern purfling ring around soundhole, raised tortoise plastic pickguard stamped "PAT.MAR.30'09", Shadow bridge / pickup installed (1/8" jack), original bridge included stampe "PAT.SEP.21'09", 10-1/8" body width, ~14" scale, 1-3/16" nut width, top signed by Bill Monroe in black marker, with OHSC (purple lining, replacement handle, one broken latch)


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  • Purple-lined hardshell case
  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish


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Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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