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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead Ajr Mandolin #77385


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1925 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style Ajr
Serial 77385
Factory order number unknown


Well-played snakehead with amazing tone. I (Dan Beimborn) recorded several tracks with it on my Celtic CD. The soundhole has wear marks consistent with rodent teeth marks, some dents, but no breaks. I replaced the Waverly tuners with Shallers (one had a badly bent post, and 2 others were badly worn). The Tailpiece cover is missing, and the new owner has replaced the frets. Tone-wise, it was one of the finest Gibson A I've ever played

Wide-grain spruce on bass side, tighter on treble. Also missing pickguard


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Sheraton Brown finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape


From Dan Beimborn.
Dan Beimborn is the designer and operator of the Mandolin Archive. Descriptions and photographs are copyright Dan Beimborn unless otherwise indicated, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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