manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1919 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Factory order number unknown
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.
Frank Ford is on of the founders of Gryphon Strings. Frank is world-renowned as a master repairman and an expert on vintage mandolins. Gryphon often carries very nice vintage mandolins. Frank is also the author of Frets.com, a website well worth the visit for instrument fans, luthiers, and repairmen