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1918 Gibson H1 Mandola #41898


1918 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1917 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandola, Style H1
Serial 41898
Factory order number unknown


Excellent condition. The mandola is tuned CGDA, a fifth down from the mandolin. Many players like the mandola for its rich deep sound while having the little bit wider fingerboard and slightly longer scale length over the mandolin. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid in the peghead. If you are looking for a good sounding players mandola without the old instrument issues this is the one for you. The original top was cracked beyond repair so it was professionally replaced by luthier Harrry Eibert and finished in the correct pumpkin color for an aged finish. Harry even reused the original soundhole rosette. The backs, sides and neck finish is original. All hardware is original but the pickguard is missing. Huge resonant sound. Harry set it up as well so it plays like silk. Neck and frets are perfect.


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  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish


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