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Osamu Hayakawa
Oct-25-2004, 4:22am
Rare find, Serial#48397 (1917) Gibson A-1. I have never see the A-1 with f-holes. Expert said the shape of the f-holes are same as loar era. The label weas located as the oval hole.

Seems like it cobverted from oval. but the work had done probably 1920's. This mandolin has played a lot and the tone bar was shaped down to make this mando for loar bark and volume.

Smell of the Old gibson such like F-4.
Do you have any idea about this mandolin?
I am thinking about change the neck to A-5L scale neck.
Please give me some opinion to change the neck to long scale?

Osamu Hayakawa
Oct-25-2004, 5:02am
I forgot to put picture!

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-25-2004, 7:18am
THE USE OF A ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD SUGGESTS THAT THE WORK WAS DONE IN THE 30'S OR 40'S

Jim Garber
Oct-25-2004, 7:19am
Strange one for sure. It is hard to tell from the very small photo, but I would say that it is more likely that it was retopped much later than the 1920s. If it was done then it was prob done by Gibson, but my gut feeling is that is was done even later, like 1960s+.

Jim

danb
Oct-25-2004, 7:34am
I'd agree with the others here. The sunburst doesn't look like a 20's era one either, very red, wide area. Probably it was re-topped sometime in the 30s or much later

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-25-2004, 7:39am
It's got a dot at the third fret too.