1923 Gibson Style A Mandolin
Wonderful 100 year old carved top Gibson Style A mandolin from the most important period for Gibson Mandolin production. Made right in the middle of the history defining Loar-era at Gibson, Snakeheads are generally considered the best-sounding oval-hole "A" style mandolins made. Features are typical for this period with a bound straight-grained Spruce top, Birch back and sides with celluloid back binding, a Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard punctuated with pearl position markers. The ’Snakehead’ headstock is a characteristic feature starting in 1923 evolving from the earlier paddle style headstocks. Finished in a dark but very thin Sheraton Brown varnish top with a raised celluloid pickguard an early Ebony version of Gibson’s new adjustable bridge and the elegant Gibson-engraved tailpiece.
The Mandolin is in fine condition, the finish exhibits general light marks and wear from use. Certainly nothing more than would be expected for a 100 year old instrument. Free of cracks or major repairs playability is excellent. The dark top has had small touch ups to the finish and there is a small repair to the celluloid pickguard.
With a powerful, defined voice it’s no wonder Mandolins from this era of Gibson production are so sought after. This Mandolin is a well preserved, excellent sounding example and comes with its correct Geib & Schaeffer case in equally good condition.