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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A Mandolin #77945


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1925 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 77945
Factory order number unknown


needs work (reglue loose back / side seams, spline / reglue back center seam at heel, replace cracked bridge top, dress frets, restring and set up, etc. - sold AS-IS), black finished spruce top with oval soundhole, dark stained maple back and rims (some finish touchup to edges), mahogany neck with snakehead peghead, 20-fret ebony fingerboard, dot inlays, 1-1/8" nut width, 14" scale, adjustable ebony bridge, nickel hardware, newer "Gibson" engraved tailpiece cover and tortoise plastic pickguard, ivoroid-bound top and soundhole, replacement 4-on-a-plate tuners


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Black finish
  • Screwed-on pickguard
  • Snakehead peghead shape


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