manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1909 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandola, Style H1
Factory Order number: 683
Orange finish. Walnut & cedar; dyed fingerboard; inlaid buttons (is order no. 689?)
From Gryphon Strings.
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