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1923 (Loar Period) Gibson H4 Mandola #74891


1923 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandola, Style H4
Serial 74891
Factory order number unknown


Owned by Charles Higginson of Lawrence, Kansas. Used in performances with the Uptown Mandolin Quartet which employs two F4 mandolins, this mandola and a K4 mandocello, all of nearly equal Gibson vintage and will ultimately be displayed on this web site. It's believed this is the same mandola listed on page 82 in the Carter/Gruhn book Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments. Same vintage and purchased from the owner listed in the book. Exceptional warm deep tone and gorgeous wood and sunburst.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • Brown, red, orange sunburst
  • Truss rod
  • Arrow-end tuners


From Scott Tichenor.
Scott Tichenor is the owner operator of the Mandolin café web site

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