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Gibson H-2 Carved Top Mandola (1914)
Gibson H-2 Model Carved Top Mandola (1914), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 32474, sunburst top, dark cherry stained back and sides finish, birch back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
Overall length is 28 in. (71.1 cm.), 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) width, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 15 3/4 in. (400 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). This beautiful red sunburst Mandola is nicely original and complete with the exception of the pickguard, which is missing, and the bridge which is a later adjustable Gibson piece. The beautiful original inlaid Handel tuners are still intact and work well. The original tailpiece and cover are present and accounted for.
There is one repaired back crack, cleanly resealed but still visible. There are a some minor chips and scrapes to the top finish, mostly on the treble side near the front edge. The finish retains a very nice and deep original color, and has fine checking but appears original except for some light clear overspray on the beck of the neck. There is a strap button added to the heel that could be easily removed and patched, if desired. This is an excellent playing and sounding Mandola, with very good projection and a well-rounded tone. Definitely one of the more attractive H-2's we have had, complete with the original HSC. Excellent Condition.
Item # 8508
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