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Gibson A3 Mandolin #3550


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1905 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 3550
Factory order number unknown


unusual "shell" pickguard inlay. Replaced tailpiece cover and bridge. Peghead mixes 190x & 191x features, plus handel tuners are unusual for this model. Would have called this an "A", but the peghead inlay is the teens "A3" inlay.

Thanks to Ted for permission to copy his eBay photos here


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  • Early "artist model" inlay
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole
  • Handel inlaid tuners
  • Unusual instrument


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