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Gibson Style A-1 Carved Top Mandolin (1915)

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Gibson  Style A-1 Carved Top Mandolin  (1915)

Gibson Style A-1 Model Carved Top Mandolin (1915), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, natural top, cherry stained back and sides finish, birch body, spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a nice example of the mid-'teens Gibson Style A-1, just over 100 years old but still with a lot of life to it! Typical period features include a nicely ambered natural finish top, raised celluloid pickguard, early style "reverse" mounted Waverly tuners, and the carved ebony compensated bridge with individual saddle inserts.

The A-1 model was a slight step up from the plainer A with just a touch more in the way of decoration: a pearl "The Gibson" logo on the headstock and two half-herringbone sound hole rings. This makes the A-1 a wee bit more elegant but has no effect the sound, which remains excellent as ever with a nice woody ring. Ready for another century, this old "Pumpkin top" remains an enduring testament to the work of the original Gibson factory.
 
Overall length is 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm.), 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm.) across at the widest point, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.).

Overall a nice, clean mandolin, which looks to have not seen a lot of use over the last 100 years. It remains all original with some light finish wear, and a couple of deeper chips to the headstock front edge. There are no repairs or alterations; the very thin varnish finish shows small dings and scratches with a couple of deeper scrapes near the bridge.

All hardware is original and complete including the oft-missing elevated pickguard. The frets have some very light wear, but this is overall a solid player with a good punchy sound. Excellent - Condition.

Item # 8413
 
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