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    Default Gibson Mandolin A 1902, repairs completed. Up and playing.

    Ry Charters has finished assembling and repairing my "Oldest factory built Gibson mandolin known to still exist".
    Here is link to the youtube video of it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPnw499yOJc
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    Default Re: Gibson Mandolin A 1902, repairs completed. Up and playing.

    Love it, especially that back that looks like a wooden frying pan

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    What a piece of history. My eleven years newer A1 looks pretty much like every paddle head that has come along since. Lovely to see the evolution.
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    Default Re: Gibson Mandolin A 1902, repairs completed. Up and playing.

    That's a pretty good description of the back. I presume is was too time consuming to make so I think the Gibson factory dropped that design the following year and made it fairly flat. The sides of the bowl are as thin as .040

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    Nice! Are the bridge, tuning machines and tailpiece original to that year?

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    Nice video, great sounding mandolin.

    Funny, I thought the back looked like a toilet seat lid.

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    Default Re: Gibson Mandolin A 1902, repairs completed. Up and playing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmaverick View Post
    Ry Charters has finished assembling and repairing my "Oldest factory built Gibson mandolin known to still exist".

    The video was excellent and nice repair work too. I was stunned at how really great it sounded! I hope you are really enjoying this bit of history.
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