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    Default New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    I was looking for a 23-24 Gibson A-Jr but fell into this beauty and just got her off eBay with a Best Offer -- a 1923 Gibson A snakehead.

    Really amazing sounding and looking instrument with what appears to be all original parts including original case with some very well worn string envelopes in it. Has the tortoise rear binding as well. Feel very fortunate to own this piece of Loar-era history.

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    Very nice..i was drooling over that but the funds just weren't there..
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    Rare condition for its age. Excellent snagg!

    Jeff

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    Very nice...a classic! I bet it has a great sound.

    I have a copy of one and love it.

    Larry

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    Nice find, Enjoy it!!!
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    Very nice indeed. I remember seeing it on eBay and thought you got a good price for it. Congrats, But no sound clip?

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    Great instrument. I have a 23 A2 snakehead.
    As much as I post, I pick a whole lot more. Just sayin'

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    Nice find. Hope it was a decent price.
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    I have one just like it! I have owned it for 26 years. The front of yours is in better shape than mine. I have owned several mandolins but the old A is hands down the best sounding most cool mando of all. You will love that mandolin for many years I hope. Never sell it. It is history that you can play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry S Sherman View Post
    Very nice...a classic! I bet it has a great sound.

    I have a copy of one and love it.

    Larry
    I love the '23, but I am in love WITH Larry's Brentrup replica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Triesch View Post
    the old A is hands down the best sounding most cool mando of all. You will love that mandolin for many years I hope. Never sell it. It is history that you can play.
    I agree. You got a good one. Things I love about it - that creamy Gibson sound, A style, snakehead, Sheraton brown (no burst), oval hole. Playable history.

    My A2 is my favorite. Every scratch and wear mark on it is mine. It sounds great and I will never ever sell it.
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    Being a bluegrass guy I have to say I never really got into the oval holes... until the other day that is, when I got a chance to spend some time with a 1915 gibson blackface a4... just a really neat sound, and LOUD! Very airy and almost effortless sound. Had a lot of fun playing it, still not sure for my playing if it would be worth the price, but I can definitely see the draw! Your mandolin is beautiful, btw. Definitely cool.
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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    Jeff, how long have you had your A2? Mine is a "23" also but mine is the plain A snake. I have J74's on mine for years with no problems. What set do you guys use? Nick
    ntriesch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Triesch View Post
    Jeff, how long have you had your A2? Mine is a "23" also but mine is the plain A snake. I have J74's on mine for years with no problems. What set do you guys use? Nick
    I bought mine in 1985. It was in oh my goodness like untouched condition. Music Emporeum on Mass Ave in Boston. I assume because of the condition it spend most of its life in its case under someone's bed.

    I lucked out, to a large extent, because I did not have the ears I have now, and did not know how good it was.

    I use D'Addario J74s. I used to use GHS PF270s for many many years, and I don't remember why I switched, but I am happy with the J74s.
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    Wow, congrats. That is very clean and nice. It even includes a set of arrow end tuners not normally seen on that model. The rear binding is an especially cool thing

    Is this the listing that said "replaced binding". I called "not/BS" on that part of the write-up if so
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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    Yes Darryl. I agree with you. Looks 100% original.

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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    Good thing 23 was a busy year in Kalamazoo.
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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    Awesome! I have a '22 A2 that is very similar except with the paddle head.

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    Wow! It looks great. I agree that it's a good find.
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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    congratulations - such a beautiful design - how "A's" aught to look like

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    Default Re: New old acquisition -- 1923 Gibson A snakehead

    On my old 23 A-0, it also has the arrow end tuners. I also use J74 strings for many years now. Mine has the orginal case and pickguard but the case is very smelly! But the front face of your mandolin is fantastic!
    ntriesch

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