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1908 Gibson K1 Mandocello #8181


1908 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1909 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandocello, Style K1
Serial 8181
Factory Order number: 726


VGC+ with several repaired top cracks and needs work (refret to straighten neck, glue loose back seams by heel, clean, restring, set up, etc. - sold AS-IS), teardrop shape, arched spruce top with oval soundhole, pumpkin color top, dark stained birch back and sides, 2-piece neck with dark center strip, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, white-bound top and fretboard, "The Gibson" pearl inlay in headstock (has been redone), neck has been reset at some point, 14-1/8" body width, ~3" body depth, 24-3/4" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, Allen tailpiece, oval white label with Orville Gibson's face and a lyre reads "Gibson Mandolin = Guitar Mfg. Co. / Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.," lots of potential here! NO case (SN:8181 F.O.N 726)


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  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Orville Gibson Label


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Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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