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1923 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A2 Mandolin #73354


1923 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A2
Serial 73354
Factory Order number: 11851


This Sheraton brown A-2 has all the great features of the Loar period "A" models including truss rod, patent dated ebony adjustable bridge, fleur-de-lis plate tuners with ivoroid buttons, and slim neck with angled "The Gibson" logo in peghead. It has the original cam clamp tortoise shell pickguard with patent date, nickel engraved tailpiece and cover, and bound ebony fretboard. Great playability and tone sum this one up


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Sheraton Brown finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape


From Dexter Johnson.
Carmel Music Co. owner, Dexter Johnson, has been building, repairing, and restoring acoustic guitars and mandolins since 1969. You can hear one of his custom made guitars played by Jerry Garcia on the Acoustic Disc release Garcia/Grisman (track 9 - "Arabia"). He also worked extensively with his friend, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, on the Tone Poems 1, 2 and 3 discs setting up the vintage instruments for the recording sessions and co-writing the album notes with David.

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