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1904 Gibson A1 Mandolin #3092


1904 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1904 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A1
Serial 3092
Factory order number unknown


EC-, carved spruce top with tortoise plastic pickguard inlaid into top, fancy pearl design inlaid in pickguard, dual checkerboard purfling rings around oval soundhole, walnut back and sides, 19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 1-1/8" nut width, ~14-1/2" scale length, white-bound top, ebony bridge, early style "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece, pearl "The Gibson" and fancy inlay in paddle-shaped headstock, 4-in-a-line tuners with ivoroid buttons, "Orville" label with picture of Orville Gibson and lyre-mandolin, a nice early example, with end loading SSC (SN:3092)


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Tooled leather case
  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole


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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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