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1908 Gibson A3 Mandolin #8641


1908 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1909 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A3
Serial 8641
Factory order number unknown


EC, pumpkin color top finish, carved spruce top, birch sides and carved back, paddle-shaped peghead, white-bound one piece mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlays, ivoroid-bound body and oval soundhole, pearl inlaid "The Gibson" logo and other fancy inlay on headstock, adjustable rosewood bridge, "The Gibson" tailpiece cover, open back 4-in-a-line tuners with ivoroid oval buttons, tortoise plastic pickguard, 10" lower bout, ~14" scale, 1-7/32" nut width, Orville label, appears to have been worked on by Gibson in the 1950's or 1960's - completely refinished, replacement neck and fretboard (adjustable truss rod in neck), pickguard may not be original to this instrument (and has makeshift attaching bracket), with ukulele SSC


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  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover


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