There is a mandolin on ebay right now that is being sold as an A-5 with an F-style body that has a solid, lump scroll. I had never heard of such a thing, so I sent the seller an email telling him that I didn't think what he had there was an A-5, that I wasn't really sure it was a Gibson, and recommended he check with where ever he got it from, as I thought he might have been sold/traded something that wasn't what it seems to be.
He got rather offended and provided a web site that said this particular mandolin was made only one year, apparently 1971, and that it is exactly what he says it is. I sent him back an email and apologized for my offense.
I could find no other evidence on the internet that Gibson ever made such a thing. If you want to find it on ebay, search for Item number:7375043959 or "1971 Gibson A-5."
So has anyone ever seen such an animal?