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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A2 Mandolin #75037


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A2
Serial 75037
Factory order number unknown


Behold one of the most desirable of all Gibson prewar A-style mandolins -- the snakehead A-2 that is complete and ostensibly wholly original. Yes, friends, it has its black plastic truss rod cover, the ivoroid bound neck and body, the elevated celluloid tortoise shell colored pickguard with the Mar. 30 '09 patent and the side clamp with the July 4, 1911 patent, as well as the adjustable two-piece ebony bridge with the 1921 patent stamp, the slide-on "The Gibson" tailpiece cover, and the original celluloid buttons four-on-a-plate tuners. The condition is overall excellent showing light normal signs of use and wear, dings, and hand wear behind the neck, minor scratches overall. Work was performed on it in the past including gluing and filling of seam separations around the back at the sides, the back and sides were buffed up, the top was polished. Our workshop is doing additional set-up work on it (even as we speak) including a re-radius of the bridge saddle, and a complete fret replacement. When this emerges from the nether regions it will be a mandolin of high degree, bearing the greatly desired “inverted headstock,” made at the heart of the Lloyd Loar Era over there in the Gibson plant, 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan. [The townspeople sing:] “Nothin’ could be finer in keys major and minor; there is no better peghead for an Etude played on Snakehead.”


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Sheraton Brown finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod


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