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Jan-23-2010, 8:28am
I'm thinking about buying a 1945 Gibson A 50 mandolin. The photo would appear to indicate that the neck is attached to the body at the 14th fret. Is this possible? Most older Gibson's of that era have chunkier necks and are attatched at the 12th fret. Thanks, Bruce.

John Kinn
Jan-23-2010, 10:37am
I think all A50s are shortneckers along with the A40s. They can be very nice instruments though..

Jan-23-2010, 10:49pm
I'm having more of a problem with the 1945 date. How did you get that? From what serial no. or FON?
There was not much of anything made between 1943 and 1947 in mandolins. Seeing photos would help.

Feb-05-2010, 9:53pm
Here's a shot of me picken' my A50 I once owned. George Gruhn said it was an early 40's possibley '42 A50. It had the little diamond mop on the peghead and an engraved sunrise on the clamshell tailpiece. Pretty quilted maple on the back. I always thought the diamond inlay on the peghead was a dead giveaway for an early 40's A50.

Feb-05-2010, 10:55pm
The 12th is definitely on the body. same top. A 50 uses Birch or maple, 40 is a mahogany.
EM 150 is an A 50 with a P90 and 2 control Pots added on the top,
had one of each over the years.. good stuff..

Brand name was a decal on all of them ..

Feb-06-2010, 8:45pm
Mine had the old Gibson script inlay in mop straight across and without the "The" along with a little diamond ... early 40's