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  1. Re: 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    Yes, Gibson definitely graded their wood for use in the various models. The specifications called for an A-4 model to be made with a Gaboon ebony fingerboard of 1st quality, an Oregon spruce top with...
  2. Re: 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    The "Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company" was re-named "Gibson Inc." in the final quarter of 1923. This name change was initiated by general manager Harry L. Ferris (who also saved the company after the...
  3. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    Yes, exactly.
  4. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    The A-2z model was not offered prior to the year 1924.

    In my opinion, based on only partial data, in the year 1924 Gibson made about 200 A-2z and then the same amount in the year 1925, for a total...
  5. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    Gibson A model mandolins from 1923 have been seen with Sheraton Brown or Black top finish. But, are you certain that your mandolin is only an A? With a black top finish AND a mother-of-pearl script...
  6. Re: 1925 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    A few Gibson A-2z model mandolins can be found shipping in the years 1926 and 1927, but all of the examples of my experience have 1924 or 1925 factory order numbers, thus indicating that they were...
  7. 1925 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    There IS a single surviving Gibson factory document which describes production totals for the year 1925. But, only in broad categories (e.g. mandolins, mandolas, guitars, etc.- it is not broken down...
  8. 1924 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    To the best of my knowledge there are no surviving Gibson factory documents with production totals for the year 1924. I have produced the following estimated production, using my own private serial...
  9. 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    To the best of my knowledge there are no surviving Gibson factory documents with production totals for the year 1922. I have produced the following estimated production, using my own private serial...
  10. 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    To the best of my knowledge there are no surviving Gibson factory documents with production totals for the year 1923. I have produced the following estimated production, using my own private serial...
  11. Re: How Many Loar Era A style mandolins were made of each kind?

    By 1923 Gibson had about 75 or 80 employees, and the factory was a large purpose-built structure with 3 floors and an external wood yard and power house.
  12. Re: How Many Loar Era A style mandolins were made of each kind?

    To the best of my knowledge there are no surviving Gibson factory documents with production totals for the year 1923.

    However, I estimate that Gibson produced about 3,000 instruments with serial...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    The Gibson shipping ledger shows the date that the mandolin was RETURNED to Monroe. Not the date it arrived at Gibson. It is reasonable to assume that the F-5 was at Gibson waiting to be repaired...
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    Re: Undiscovered Loar

    Gruhn Guitars is happy to provide additional photos and information upon request.

    This Loar-signed F-5 has no top cracks, or any other cracks.

    Photos attached.

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  15. Pre-War Gibson Mandolin Tailpieces - Reason for Hook Design

    This clip is taken from the June 1917 issue of Gibson's Sounding Board Salesman.

    The reason for the hook design is revealed....

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    Re: Vintage Gibson Receipts.

    You are welcome Mark.

    The Gibson shipping ledgers do not contain the type of detailed information concerning repairs which you asked about.

    Please feel free to send your serial number/FON list...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Receipts.

    According to the Gibson shipping ledgers, this F-4 was indeed returned to the factory for repairs in 1947.

    It was subsequently returned to Mr. R.P. Dunn in a #371 case on September 9th, 1947.
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    Re: 1941 gibson mandolin

    In my opinion it is a A-40N, made early in the year 1950.

    My work at Gruhn Guitars brings quite a number of immediate post-World War II Gibson FONs to my attention.

    I've started cataloging...
  19. Re: Looking for info on a 1927 Gibson a-0 snakehead model.

    Hello Mike. Not that I am aware of.

    Joe Spann
  20. Re: Looking for info on a 1927 Gibson a-0 snakehead model.

    In my experience Batch 8938 is the latest group of Gibson mandolins with snakehead-style pegheads. The would have been produced early in February of 1928 and then shipped out pretty quickly...
  21. Re: When were Gibson snakehead mandolins discontinued?

    In my experience Batch 8938 is the latest group of Gibson mandolins with snakehead-style pegheads. The would have been produced early in February of 1928 and then shipped out pretty quickly...
  22. Re: Looking for info on a 1927 Gibson a-0 snakehead model.

    Gibson manufactured batch 8562 in January 1927. It was a group of style A-0 mandolins.

    Serial number 81046 would have shipped in February 1927.

    There is no problem with the FON and serial...
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    Gibson Factory Busy in 1919

    I located this little notice in the March 1919 issue of Gibson's Sounding Board Salesman magazine, published just months after the end of World War I. The change in attitudes which led to the...
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    Gibson DY Mandolins - Not a Gibson...

    In March 1919 Gibson Sales Manager C.V. Buttelman had to set the record straight for Gibson teacher-agents and salesmen. The "Army-Navy" model DY mandolin was "not a Gibson" and was also "not to be...
  25. Gibson - Ordering a "Special Finish" in 1919

    Here are the "do's and don'ts" of ordering a special finish on a Gibson instrument in 1919.

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