1928 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1930 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Factory order number unknown
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. The upper D tuner shaft is very slightly bent as seen in the photos. The finish is original with a small area of wear seen at the base of the back of the peghead. This is where your thumb would rest when playing first position chords. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and has a few minor nicks or dings, the usual playing wear, as seen in the pics. Just gone over and set up by luthier Dave Sheppard. Overall its a clean mandolin.