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1923 (Loar Period) Gibson A3 Mandolin #72967


1923 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 72967
Factory order number unknown


Well-played A3. Odd markings on peghead. Truss rod drilled through inlay. unusual to see arrow-end tuners on a paddlehead

From Elderly:
VGC+, ivory white finished top (lots of wear), carved spruce top with oval soundhole, red mahogany finished birch back and sides, mahogany neck with truss rod, ivoroid-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays (refretted at some point), 1-1/4" nut width, 14" scale, adjustable ebony bridge installed, "The Gibson" engraved nickel tailpiece cover, ivoroid pickguard and body binding, two rosewood patches on headstock, pearl "The Gibson" logo inlay, 4-on-a-plate "arrowhead" tuners with ivoroid buttons, on consignment, with OHSC (purple lining) (SN:72967?)


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Purple-lined hardshell case
  • White top finish
  • Truss rod on a paddle-shaped peghead
  • Arrow-end tuners
  • Unusual instrument


From Elderly Instruments.
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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