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    please delete, post was incorrect.
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    The A-12 is immediately suspicious. This is an F style.

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    On further reflection it does appear to be what the seller says. The logo is correct for a ~'72 A12. It would have take a whole new top to make the scroll look like that, but i was incorrect to question it's authenticity.

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    If it's this one it appears that was an A-12 Gibson Gumby lump scroll that someone attempted to cut a scroll on. This is what it looked like before. The seller alludes to the modification.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    It is that one, however I think it must have been retopped entirely as the lump scroll top is flat in the scroll area and this mandolin now appears to sport a carved ridge in that area. The seller does allude to the modification, but I was initially skeptical. Seems it was the case afterall, but I was unable to delete the thread.

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    It's always interesting to see things like this. Itwill probably pop again in the future. They usually do. For posterity:
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    To be honest, it doesn't offend me and I must say -- I've certainly seen worse -- MUCH, MUCH WORSE!

    It wouldn't have any collector value, but it is still a used Gibson and for a price, might be fun to own!

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    I just clicked Mike's link and I see that the seller has a starting bid of $2500 -- so I take back my last comment, I was thinking it would be fun for around $500 bucks or so. For $2500 you can get something a lot better, IMHO.

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    I have never seen anyone try to convert a “lumpy” to an F style before! You gotta give him points for chutzpah!

    The previous owner who did that must have had the worst case of “scroll envy” in history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    If it's this one it appears that was an A-12 Gibson Gumby lump scroll that someone attempted to cut a scroll on. This is what it looked like before. The seller alludes to the modification.
    If that is a A-12 with a converted scroll, it’s not bad. However, someone said that the whole top was replaced because of the scroll ridge not present on a A-12 and I would agree.
    But never mind the scroll, that sunburst on the real A-12 is the ugliest I’ve ever seen from a Gibson. The lump doesn’t bother me anywhere near as much as that horrible sunburst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_diamond View Post
    Oh yeah that's a nice one

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    ...and while this does not look fake, this Vintage Gibson Mandolin 30681 (circa 1916?) https://ebay.us/msNbcr has a 1950's logo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    If it's this one it appears that was an A-12 Gibson Gumby lump scroll that someone attempted to cut a scroll on. This is what it looked like before. The seller alludes to the modification.
    I'm wondering if that really was a A-12? The tuners, headstock inlay and back look like an F-9 or a more modern Gibson. The label looks right for an A-12.
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