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1922 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A Mandolin #71261


1922 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 71261
Factory Order number: 11753


Snakehead. Reglued back/side near endpin and "Guitar Hospital" label above Guarantee label. Endpin appears to be a replacement. Finish in very good condition. Very nice dark green-lined case still has intact hinge-covering fabric. Very early S/N for a snakehead, peghead "lips" are less pronounced than later ones, and tuners are not arrow-end type which appear almost immediately after this batch

Dubbed "the king snake" by my friend Craig Harbauer, this example has unusual nice tone, clarity, and volume. It is shown sitting in a lime green case in some of the photos, the dark green one is the original


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • All-original parts
  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Case in very nice condition
  • Superb condition
  • Sheraton Brown finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod


From Dan Beimborn.
Dan Beimborn is the designer and operator of the Mandolin Archive. Descriptions and photographs are copyright Dan Beimborn unless otherwise indicated, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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