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1922 (Loar Period) Gibson A4 Mandolin #70998


1922 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 70998
Factory order number unknown


mall repair in center strip of neck, red sunburst carved spruce top with oval soundhole, dark-stained maple sides and carved back, paddle peghead, abalone & pearl fleur-de-lis and pearl "The Gibson" inlays in headstock, 24-fret fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 3-piece mahogany neck joins body at 10th fret, adjustable truss rod, ivoroid-bound top, back, fretboard and soundhole, tortoise plastic pickguard (stamped "PAT. MAR. 30,'09"), 4-on-a-plate open-gear tuners with ivoroid buttons, "The Gibson" tailpiece, 14" scale, 1-7/16" nut width, 1-7/8" body depth, ivory nut and compensated saddle installed


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Dark sunburst
  • Truss rod
  • Truss rod on a paddle-shaped peghead


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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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