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    Thumbs up 1915 Gibson A-4 on craigslist

    Gibson A-4 Mandolin $1500

    This looks very tasty. I wish I could take it home..

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    Default Re: 1915 Gibson A-4 on craigslist

    I do not think that is an A4. No headstock logo or fleur-de-lis; wrong rosette; no Handels. A 1915 A4 should have the fretboard extension. Blackface A4s were commonplace before 1914; they're comparatively rare afterward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    I do not think that is an A4. No headstock logo or fleur-de-lis; wrong rosette; no Handels. A 1915 A4 should have the fretboard extension. Blackface A4s were commonplace before 1914; they're comparatively rare afterward.
    I knew that someone here would be able to say (with confidence) what I was thinking, as I was not au fait enough to allow me to state it as fact. Thanks, Martin!

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    Definitely not an A4, but it looks like it does have one of those pickholders on the back of the headstock.
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    Default Re: 1915 Gibson A-4 on craigslist

    No logo, no back binding would make me think it's just a "plain A" --$1500 would be high for that mandolin but it looks like it's in good condition.

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