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1927 Gibson A4 Mandolin #85197


1927 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1929 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 85197
Factory order number unknown


The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, two piece back, pearl logo and fleur-di-lise in the peghead, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Has the adjustable truss rod in the neck. The hardware is original including the original adjustable bridge but it's missing the pickguard. One tuner shaft is slightly bent as seen in the photos. The finish is original with a small area of touch up on the back. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and no major nicks or dings - its a very clean mandolin


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Dark sunburst
  • Truss rod
  • Truss rod on a paddle-shaped peghead
  • Rounded ends on tuner plates


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