1925 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1928 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Factory Order number: 8932
Call it a "Snakehead" if you want
We credit Lloyd Loar with improving the quality of the Gibson mandolins made in the early 1920s. Here's yet another of his influences. This A-4 sports the narrow converging peghead that allows all strings the straightest path from nut to tuning post. In addition, it has the narrower neck and adjustable truss rod improve playability. Notice the tuners. They're the first edition of the "non-reverse" gears with the worms and cogs in the same relationship as modern tuners.
From Gryphon Strings.
Frank Ford is on of the founders of Gryphon Strings. Frank is world-renowned as a master repairman and an expert on vintage mandolins. Gryphon often carries very nice vintage mandolins. Frank is also the author of Frets.com, a website well worth the visit for instrument fans, luthiers, and repairmen