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1922 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A Mandolin #71805


1922 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 71805
Factory order number unknown


nice Loar period instrument, Sheraton Brown finish, carved spruce top, mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod and snakehead peghead, 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, 1-3/32" nut width, 14" scale, adjustable ebony bridge (stamped "PAT'D JAN 18-21"), ivoroid-bound body and oval soundhole, 4-on-a-plate open-gear tuners with ivoroid buttons, raised tortoise plastic pickguard stamped "PAT.MAR.30.'09", with rough black OHSC (SN:71805)


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  • Sheraton Brown finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape


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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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