Ok, my first ever post. I recently picked up an old Gibson A. After looking at many websites that discuss these old instruments I am trying to find out exactly what I've got. Firstly though I have to say it blows my MM50 clean out of the water so in that respect I am delighted
The serial number looks like #20958 placing it in 1916. However the stamp on the inside is clearly #11424 which is logged on the mandolin archive as a 1921 sheraton brown A.(if that is indeed the stamp they are referring to)
And now I am confused. The mando fits the description of the sheraton in that it has a paddle head and no truss rod. it also sports an adjustable rosewood bridge (not sure if that would make it a replacement) however it has a sunburst finish more common to an A5, the pickguard also looks like it came off a 30's instrument.
Any suggestions as to what sort of ####### this baby is.
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