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1923 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A1 Mandolin #74218


1923 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A1
Serial 74218
Factory Order number: 1196


EC - one repaired treble side crack, snakehead peghead, adjustable truss rod, black finish top, dark brown finish back and sides, mahogany neck joins body at 10th fret, 20-fret ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, adjustable ebony bridge (stamped "PAT'D JAN 18-21") "The Gibson" engraved tailpiece cover, ivoroid-bound top, back and soundhole, wood inlayed rosette, 4-on-a-plate open-gear tuners with ivoroid tuner buttons and arrowhead plates, raised tortoise plastic pickguard engraved "PAT.MAR.30.'09", 10" body width, 1-3/4" body depth, 14" scale, 1-3/32" nut width, nice Loar period mandolin with good sound, with rough black OHSC (green lining, replacement handle)


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Black finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod
  • Arrow-end tuners


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