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1923 (Loar Period) Gibson A4 Mandolin #71970


1923 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 71970
Factory order number unknown


EXC A fine example of Gibson's top of the line A Model during the Loar period. All original and all in wonderful condition from the tailpiece to the tuning pegs. The "Pat Jan 18 '21" adjustable bridge can serve as a correct replacement for your Lloyd Loar F- 5 if you choose. Original pickguard and bracket also in beautiful shape. Comfortable truss rodded neck with a little wear on the back in the first position. Flamed maple back. There is a stable crack at the endpin which has been checked by a luthier and deemed harmless. There is also a stable and almost invisible heel repair. This mandolin plays easily and sounds great. Original hardshell case is in fair shape but missing it's handle.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Dark sunburst
  • Truss rod
  • Truss rod on a paddle-shaped peghead


From Lowell Levinger.
Lowell Levinger operates Vintage Instruments, stocking a wonderful inventory of top-end vintage mandolin family and other hard to find musical instruments

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