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    I recently got my dad's Gibson mandolin and much like another thread on here it is marked as an A7, which doesn't seem to exist. The other numbers are too faded to read. Any ideas on what to do nest. I am trying to get a value on it for my insurance policy. I am going to add pictures as soon as possible.

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    There was an A-75. Post some pictures, that's your best bet. You've probably read the only other reference to an A-7 on the Cafe and that turned out to be an A-1.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Try and get a picture of the label. Also, look inside towards the neck and look for a stamped number. That is the Factory Order Number. I suspect it's an A-1 because of the lack of binding on the back.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    That is an A-1, most likely built between 1916 and 1918. The top is in excellent condition. If the rest of the mandolin looks that good, its insured value should be somewhere around $1700-$1850, depending on who is writing the appraisal. It is better to get an appraisal from a vintage instrument dealer or a luthier.

    Often, handwritten 1's on these early Gibson labels look like 7's to the modern eye.

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    a 1 in some handwriting styles can be mistaken for a 7, rotated a bit..

    still common in Europe.. that's why hash marks get added on an actual 7..



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