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(Loar Period) Gibson Ajr Mandolin #71565


(Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style Ajr
Serial 71565
Factory Order number: 11761


Sheraton Brown finish.

From the owner:
The person who sold me this instrument told me it had been first used in one of the old glass-framed, coin-operated music boxes in an arcade. This appears to be substantiated by the label, "Scranton Talking Machine Co., 215 Lackawanna Avenue" [see photo] on the top back of the neck. Other evidence is seen in what appear to be metal "finger" grooves that are fairly deeply worn between the frets [see photo]. These worn areas are much smaller and narrower that human fingers would likely make.


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  • Sheraton Brown finish


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