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    I want to start by saying hello. Ive read a number of posts looking for information and while I know nothing on the topic it is incredible how helpful and knowledgeable everyone is here. A friend of mine recently acquired a Gibson mandolin and Im helping try to find some history and possible value. Hopefully I post these pictures correctly. The stamp inside the F hole says 32531 41
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    here are the pics again
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    Looks like the A-40N, probably from the 1950s. It should clean up quite nicely.

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    Nice little Gibson.

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    Thank you for the input. It was purchased for $5, seems like its quite a nice find.

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    $5.00! Really?!!! Please tell him I'll happily double his money and pay the shipping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    $5.00! Really?!!! Please tell him I'll happily double his money and pay the shipping!
    Yeah, me too!
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    Here is a bit of dating info based on the logo style:

    In 1947, the logo that is still in use today made its debut. This logo has a block styling with the "G" having a tail, the "i" dot is touching the "G", the "b" and "o" are open and the "n" is connected at the bottom. The logo is still slanted.
    By 1951, the dot on the "i" was no longer connected to the "G."

    So it appears this instrument was made before 1951 and after 1947. The tuners fit into that same time frame being what are called "single line" Kluson units. For tuner geeks, here is that info: http://www.guitarhq.com/kluson.html

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    My first good mandolin was from this same time frame, it was a very nice sounding mandolin. Nice score, I would gladly play many times over the $5 your friend paid for another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robkennedy79 View Post
    Thank you for the input. It was purchased for $5, seems like it’s quite a nice find.
    Crap! I'd pay happily 10 times the $5.00 plus shipping!

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    Im sure he would be open to selling it. He brought it to Guitar Center to get an estimate and they couldnt tell him anything. I really dont know what a fair number would be but I can relay the information if anyone is interested.

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    The people here offering multiples of $5 are joking around because $5 is an incredible deal. If your friend is interested in selling he should get a real appraisal.

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    Gibson A-40's are on the market for $800 to over $1K. Not saying what this one's worth, but second the motion to get it professionally appraised.
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    It needs work. Where is it located? We'll try to find somebody you can take it to to find out what it needs done and what it's worth now and what it would be worth after it's fixed.
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    Thank you again for all the info. He is in Rockland County NY. A little north of nyc.

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    I get 1961. Seems catalog specs for the 52 to 62 A40N models. looks all original to me.

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    If he gets down to Brooklyn he can take it to Retrofret for an appraisal/repair estimate.
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    Nice Gibson-but I'm a fan of their mandolins be it a 5 or a little A!

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