1920 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1920 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
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 very little of 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. Neck is straight, frets are good, no repairs, and it sounds and plays great! Plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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