1927 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1930 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A0
Factory order number unknown
Very good condition, Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. Looking for a good mandolin for fiddle tunes or sessions? This is it! Lots of volume in this one! The A-0 is the same as the earlier "A Junior" model, and was the entry level mandolin for Gibson. Even so, these are excellent instruments. They do not have body or fingerboard binding, and the truss rod is not adjustable. Then again, all Gibson mandolins prior to 1922 didn't even have truss rods. Where it counts, however - all solid woods, carved spruce top, carved birch back and sides - its the same mandolin as the higher grade versions. All hardware and finish is original. Peghead has "The Gibson" logo in small straight across silkscreened script. There are some professionally done repairs including a reglued seam, a short repaired back crack, and a repaired hairline top crack. Neck is straight and the frets are in good shape. Plays nice and has a good ringing sound. Nice original hardshell case with old sheet music included.