1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A2Z
Factory order number unknown
Gibson 1923 A-2Z, snakehead, natural top, 75687, exc-, OH
The Gibson snakehead A-2Z was a mandolin made from 1922 to 1927 in relatively small numbers, probably because it cost more than the A-Jr., A-, and A-1. In case you don’t already know it, this period yielded the finest sounding teardrop shaped Gibson oval hole mandolins Gibson ever made, and the A-2Z was the one with the blonde top in an era of dark finishes. Although you’d never guess it, the two-piece adjustable bridge is a replica complete with patent date stamp. One small area of back seam has missing finish from a previously glued seam separation. It has its original pickguard with repaired clip attachment at pickguard in which ebony replaces original tortoise, and this affixed with a nut and a bolt. The original headstock bushings have been replaced with dress washers and there’s been some light touchup on back as well as a small section of binding replaced at the tail block area
DB- serial number conflicts with a known Loar from Darryl's list, so I've changed the last 2 digits to "XX"