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1902 Gibson A Mandolin #2651


1902 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1904 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 2651
Factory order number unknown


"Hollow neck" construction (made with no neck or heel block). Thick pieces for top and back. Bridge is like 2526 (as pictured in the first catalog) but has holes cut into it under the string area.

Same body, peghead, tuners, and bridge as 2526. 5 screw tailpiece with no endpin hole with pointy pineapple style cover.

Serial Number stamped on side of peghead. Unsual sloping nut.

Photo of 5-screw tailpiece also shows that the top is not cut cleanly on the quarter, grain slopes away from tailpiece on treble side


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Constructed without a neck block
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • 5-screw tailpiece with endpin hole
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole


From John West.
John West has a great collection of Gibson mandolins, and helps organize the Wintergrass festival

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