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1904 Gibson Custom Octave Mandolin #3878


1904 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1905 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Octave Mandolin, Style Custom
Serial 3878
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"
21-1/4" scale


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  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole
  • Handel inlaid tuners
  • Unusual instrument


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