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    Default 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    1933 Gibson A50 Mandolin Oval Soundhole w/Case NO RESERVE .99 Start
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    He states;
    pickguard is missing.
    Gibson only made the A50 with an Oval Soundhole for the first year of manufacture.
    & has lots of chop.

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    Already up to 818$. If only it had stayed at 99 cents

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    That's a beauty and I don't doubt it sounds great. I bought a case that I thought was just like that one in this auction- for my Wards 1642 which is an A50 in most respects- just no truss rod. Well the body fits perfectly but the headstock is just too wide! Of course, once it arrived I could see it was not going to fit. It will fit an A Junior with a snakehead and the cloud tailpiece and no end pin and it will fit my A2 if I take the end pin out! I am not going to buy an A Junior just to fit the case but I have other slimmer mandolins.... that can rattle around in it! I also now have an old Regal that came with the case!

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    That one should have an elevated fret board! Very GOOD mandolin but the next A-50's I think are better from late 34-35 when they went to F-holes and kept the elevated board.

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    Default Re: 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    Maple back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    That one should have an elevated fret board! Very GOOD mandolin but the next A-50's I think are better from late 34-35 when they went to F-holes and kept the elevated board.
    Doesn't look like an elevated board, but then my '22 doesn't have an elevated board and is a killer oval.
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    Beautiful instrument! Anyone wanna buy me an early birthday gift?

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    Default Re: 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    This does NOT appear to be a raised fingerboard.

    There is a raised fingerboard oval-hole A-50 on Reverb that is dated 1934. So, Gibson may have made the A50 with an Oval Soundhole for the first year AND A HALF (or possibly two) years of manufacture.

    Anybody know that kind of wood was used for the back?

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    Looks like a nice maple back on this one. Considering how hard it was to sell a mandolin during this time I think Gibson used nice woods on a lot of instruments. My '32 A0 has a quilted maple back on it also.

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    Default Re: 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    I can't say that I personally ever remember playing an oval hole with 'lots of chop' . . . .

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    Default Re: 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    A guitar has a lot of sustain, but it can have a decent chop just like an oval mandolin. Will it be like an archtop guitar or an ff hole mandolin, no, but then archtop's don't have as deep a sound so the chop is more percussive. I have a decent chop on my '22 Gibson, tho I rarely use chop on any mandolin.
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    At the moment it is at $1035 with 4 days to go. That is approaching normal retail price. I don't see anything in the description about its having "lots of chop." Maybe he read this thread and took it out?

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    It's still there Jim, in the top of the blue area description.



    “very nice . pickguard is missing. Very rare Oval Hole A50 (1st year only) has lots of chop.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    It's still there Jim, in the top of the blue area description.

    “very nice . pickguard is missing. Very rare Oval Hole A50 (1st year only) has lots of chop.”
    Yes you are correct. I see it but in my browser it is in the yellow area.

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    Default Re: 1933 Gibson A50 with an Oval Soundhole

    "Lots of chop"?
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