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Chicago hosted a World's Fair from 1933-1934 entitled "A Century of Progess". In honor of this futuristic event, Gibson introduced two of the most ornate instruments they ever produced: The L-Century Guitar (recently revived as the Elvis Costello Signature Model), and the A-Century Mandolin. This is a fine example of the later from 1934. Instantly recognizable with it's pearloid fretboard and headstock veneer, this one pretty little piece of history and certainly a head-turner. Other signature features include a celluloid tiger-stripe pickguard, and block rosewood fretboard inlays with actual mother-of-pearl diamond markers. That pearloid has taken on the most beautiful golden hue over the last 75 years, complimenting the signature Gibson sunburst perfectly.
It has a flat, solid maple back with a three-dimensional curl, and the sides are also maple. It is all original. All of the pearloid is clean and intact with no delamination or disintegration, the same is true of the pickguard and bindings. It is completely crack free and surprisingly clean, with light wear and finish crazing throughout, and just a few small dings visible in the pictures. The frets have some wear, however it plays cleanly and sounds fantastic with plenty of that old oval-hole A sound and nice volume.
The back seam has been reglued and reinforced on the inside with a maple strip - like a Martin Guitar.
Highly flamed maple back and ribs,
Carved solid spruce top,
Flat solid maple back,
Mother-of-pearl inlay, "Gibson" on the headstock and "The Gibson" in cursive lettering on the metal tailpiece.
Thought by some to have been Gibson's second most expensive mandolin at the time. The mandolin is accompanied by what I believe to be its original case.
The FON 861 dates it to 1934 " thereafter Gibson added a letter after the number: A for 1935, B for 1936, C for 1937 etc.
This is a real piece of history.
In very good condition " no issues, no breaks, straight neck, plays in tune up the neck. Sweet player, good volume and tone with nice sustain.
$3,200 + shipping
48 Hr Approval " Return and just cover shipping costs.
Pics on request
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Posted: Mar 2, 2018 03:06 PM CDT
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