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Gibson A3 Mandolin #38860


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1917 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 38860
Factory order number unknown


Orange finish.
Skinner: Birch back and sides, spruce top of medium grain, mahogany neck, bound ebony fingerboard with pearl eyes, peghead inlaid with THE GIBSON, length of back 13 3/4 in., with case.



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