1918 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1917 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Factory Order number: 11088
Excellent condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1918. It has the red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. The hardware and finish are original but the pickguard is missing. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. No repairs or refinish noted. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound.
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