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1915 Gibson A3 Mandolin #23999


1915 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1914 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 23999
Factory order number unknown


Repaired heel crack, pumpkin finished carved spruce top, birch sides and carved back, paddle-shaped peghead, 2-piece mahogany neck with walnut center stripe, ivoroid-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 1-7/32" nut width, 14" scale, compensated ebony bridge, repro "The Gibson" tailpiece cover, tortoise plastic pickguard, ivoroid-bound body and oval soundhole, pearl "The Gibson" logo and other fancy headstock inlays, 4-on-a-plate tuners with oval ivoroid buttons, small plugged hole in back of headstock and hard to see round plug at 9th fret, replacement ebony heelcap, with OHSC (red lining)


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


From Elderly Instruments.
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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