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1925 Gibson Snakehead A Mandolin #81547


1925 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1927 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A
Serial 81547
Factory Order number: 8510


snakeahead, black face. Some features of a2z.. loar style pickguard clamp, unusual soundhole purfling ring. Truss rod. Huge FON stamp in ink. Label stamped, serial number in pencil. Says "A" but is dressed like an A2 or A2z


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  • Black finish
  • Screwed-on pickguard
  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod
  • Unusual instrument


From Darryl Wolfe.
Darryl Wolfe's F5 Journal is the authoritative work on the subject of Loar-signed and later Gibson mandolins

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