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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A4 Mandolin #78327


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1925 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 78327
Factory order number unknown


This is a fine sounding Snakehead and it also has a great setup and plays comfortably and easily. The original frets have some wear but still have a lot of life left in them and the neck is straight. Nut width = 1 1/16". This one has been played but well cared for. No cracks anywhere. Nice dark sunburst top with just a few little dings. A little buckle rash in the middle of the back and some finish wear on the shoulder of the heel. All original from the tailpiece to the adjustable bridge and pickguard to the tuning pegs which have the sought after arrowhead plates. Fleur de lys inlaid in the headstock. The label is in good shape ( serial number #78327) and it has the original hard shell case.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • All-original parts
  • Dark sunburst
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Arrow-end tuners


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