1904 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1905 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Octave Mandolin, Style Custom
Factory order number unknown
Extremely rare or unique original octave mandolin. No stamp number. Cedar top, Birch back & sides. Orville label, Pineapple tailpiece with hole, inlaid pickguard, handel tuners.
14-1/4" wide, 2-1/4" deep
Overall length, 34"
Categories this instrument is a member of
- Orange or "pumpkin" finish
- Inlaid pickguard
- Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole
- Handel inlaid tuners
- Unusual instrument
From Gryphon Strings.
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