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1920 Gibson A4 Mandolin #54011


1920 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1919 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 54011
Factory order number unknown


One repaired top crack, red sunburst carved spruce top with oval soundhole, red-stained maple sides and carved back, paddle peghead, abalone & pearl fleur-de-lis and pearl "The Gibson" inlays in headstock, 24-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 2-piece mahogany neck with dark center strip joins body at 10th fret, ivoroid-bound top, back, fretboard and soundhole, 4-on-a-plate open-gear tuners with ivoroid buttons, rusted "The Gibson" tailpiece, 14" scale, 1-7/16" nut width, 1-7/8" body depth, 10-1/4" body width, missing pickguard, fixed ebony bridge, there has been some finish touchup on the back of the instrument near the heel and possibly some on the back of the neck, the instrument has also been cleaned and buffed by our shop, very nice players instrument, with shaped OHSC (purple lining)


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  • Purple-lined hardshell case
  • Red finish


From Elderly Instruments.
Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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