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Gibson A3 Mandolin #56897


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1919 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 56897
Factory order number unknown


Orange finish.

Notes from Christopher (current owner): Pick guard is missing, bridge is a replacement one piece from Gryphon in the 80's. It looks like the neck broke off by the body, but the repair has been absolutely rock solid for decades and it will hold tune for a week.



From Gryphon Strings.
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