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1917 Gibson A3 Mandolin #34796


1917 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1916 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 34796
Factory order number unknown


EC, pumpkin color top finish, carved spruce top, birch sides and carved back, paddle-shaped peghead, 3-piece mahogany neck, ivoroid-bound body, fretboard and oval soundhole, pearl inlaid "The Gibson" logo and other fancy inlay on headstock, compensated ebony bridge, ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, "The Gibson" tailpiece cover, open back
4-in-a-line tuners with ivoroid oval buttons, tortoise plastic pickguard, 10-1/4" lower bout, ~14" scale, 1-1/4" nut width, with HSC



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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