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1904 Gibson H Mandola #3063


1904 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1904 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandola, Style H
Serial 3063
Factory order number unknown


Early bird mandola. All the hallmarks of the first Orville instruments- rim *carved* from a single piece of wood rather than bent (and including the neck heel), 5-screw tailpiece (and no tail block), large air cavity in the neck joint (which is extremely bloated in this mandola!), inlaid pickguard, pineapple tailpiece cover with hole in it, "The Gibson" inlaid on peghead in yet another unusual variation script.

Peghead was snapped in half at some point, and the original bridge has been replaced with a non-gibson adjustible type

All photos in this listing by Bev Lawton


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Constructed without a neck block
  • Damaged, needs restoration
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • 5-screw tailpiece with endpin hole
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole
  • Unusual instrument


From Dan Beimborn.
Dan Beimborn is the designer and operator of the Mandolin Archive. Descriptions and photographs are copyright Dan Beimborn unless otherwise indicated, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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