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1905 Gibson A4 Mandolin #5544


1905 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1906 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 5544
Factory Order number: 309


Black finish, inlaid pickguard

Artist Model inlay on neck (at 1/3/5/7/10/12/15 frets)+ slight radius in fingerboard and bridge.
Handel tuners are earlier variety with shorter posts, fancy stamping/patterns on plates.
Pineapple tailpiece, earlier "hooks" beneath tailpiece cover, modern hardshell case + original end-opening leather case

"Order no 309" on neck block

Dave Reiner


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Single piece back
  • Tooled leather case
  • Very nice condition
  • From the Collection of Dave Reiner
  • Black finish
  • Early "artist model" inlay
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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