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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson Snakehead A2 Mandolin #79869


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1926 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A2
Serial 79869
Factory order number unknown


top & back, 2-piece chocolate brown maple back, snakehead peghead, original tuners, adjustible bridge, tailpiece cover, and pickguard, all in a pristine green velvet case. Some features of the A2Z (back binding, Loar-style pickguard clamp), though the soundhole purfling isn't correct for an A2Z. A2Zs also usually had maple backs with some curl in them. Another interesting Snakehead with details presenting a "mixed message"


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  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Blonde or Natural finish
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod


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