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    Default Friday at the Gibson Plant? 1924 Snakehead

    I don't think that I've noticed any blacktops from this period where the rosette rings were oversprayed with pigment and not masked or scraped clean. Maybe someone was in a hurry?

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    Default Re: Friday at the Gibson Plant? 1924 Snakehead

    Maybe they had to get a black faced A1 out fast. That's kind of amazing if it's original. Price isn't bad either.
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    Default Re: Friday at the Gibson Plant? 1924 Snakehead

    The headstock looks a bit rough, and wouldn't have the Gibson on it if it was an A1? I'm thinking it's a re sprayed top.
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    I'm thinking like g7mof. At least they put the balloon in the sound hole!

    In that light, it may be $500 too high?

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    Default Re: Friday at the Gibson Plant? 1924 Snakehead

    Same thought here. There's clearly been significant pick wear since the pickguard was removed and that's been blackened in some way to disguise it.

    It looks almost identical to my A1 which has a '23 FON and a '24 shipping date; although mine has "The Gibson" screen printed on the head and '25 style tuners.

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    Default Re: Friday at the Gibson Plant? 1924 Snakehead

    It appears to me that the mandolin was originally Sheraton brown.

    A black back with brown sides is not consistent with any factory original Gibson mandolin I have seen. It's strange how at different angles, different areas of the top appear brown.

    Even though the pictures are grainy, I've seen enough.

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