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1919 Gibson A3 Mandolin #50093


1919 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1918 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 50093
Factory order number unknown


Excellent condition. White top A-3s are not rare, exactly, but certainly not nearly as common as the other finish colors. The white top finish was only offered on the A-3 and then only between 1919 to 1923. Production volume was very low compared to the other finish colors. The white tends to yellow over the years and this one is a nice ivory color showing the usual arm wear near the tailpiece where the arm comes over the top. Completely original finish and hardware including the hard-to-find white pickguard, which is missing the clamp. Neck is straight, frets are good, no repairs, and it sounds and plays great!


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  • White top finish


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