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1906 Gibson A1 Mandolin #4522


1906 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1905 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A1
Serial 4522
Factory order number unknown


VGC+ except 3 repaired top cracks, completely refinished (dark back, sides and neck, sunburst top), carved spruce top with tortoise plastic pickguard inlaid into top (and with pearl inlaid in the pickguard, including fleur-de-lis in middle), pearl "Gibson" inlaid in
headstock ("The" part of logo appears removed), unbound ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, ivoroid-bound top, ebony bridge, early style "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece, 4-in-a-line tuners with ivoroid buttons, dual b-w-checkerboard-w-b purfling rings around oval soundhole, 10-5/8" lower bout, ~14" scale, 1-1/4" nut width, shim installed under fretboard to improve neck angle, "Orville" label with picture of Orville Gibson and lyre-mandolin,good sound, with HSC


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  • Refinished instrument
  • Inlaid pickguard


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