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Lyre mandolin

Gibson Lyre mandolin - photo courtesy of Gruhn Guitars

Gibson Lyre mandolin - photo courtesy of Gruhn Guitars

Gibson and at least a few select other builders (Calace) dabbled briefly in the lyre mandolin shape shown here.

Some of Gibson's earliest instruments contained a label that showed Orville Gibson's image superimposed over a lyre mandolin.

Not a great deal is known about these few instruments, but another Gibson lyre model was just uncovered at Gruhn Guitar in June, 2006.

Additional information and photos:
Lyre mandolin images at the Mandolin Archive

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