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    Default A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Hi all.

    Just had this instrument on the bench for a little TLC.

    There's got to be a story behind this.

    The label is at an angle, hand-written, typed, and has the border drawn on (neatly) in ballpoint pen.

    Anyone seen something like this, or know more of the story?

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    Default Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    I've never seen a label like that,,that "Gibson" is really inlayed off center...

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    Is this the same mandolin? It has the same style of label and a number in that sequence. Certainly, there is nothing to suggest this mandolin is not the genuine Gibson instrument.Maybe, the label went walkabout and somebody made their own replacement for it.

    https://reverb.com/item/6551956-gibs...herry-sunburst

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    Default Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Is this the same mandolin? It has the same style of label and a number in that sequence. Certainly, there is nothing to suggest this mandolin is not the genuine Gibson instrument.Maybe, the label went walkabout and somebody made their own replacement for it.

    https://reverb.com/item/6551956-gibs...herry-sunburst
    Yes, that's it. With a different owner now, of course.

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    Default Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Marty,

    I've always found those to be very interesting, but have never played one. Would like to have your assessment of it. I am also looking for a second opinion of the sound quality of my avatar instrument. I'm curious to see if you feel it has matured in the 5 years I've owned it. Feel free to PM me if there's an opportunity for me to drop by.

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    Mahogany neck?

    I had one of those pass through the shop a few years back- the top was 8+mm thick in the center!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The nitro was finish was also probably 1/16" thick, so not much tone coming out of it, but the owner played it in a very loud band and the extra mass made it work quite well on festival stages and such where feedback is usually very challenging

    I always liked D'Aquisto's interpretation of that design; here is the one at the MET that I got to hang out with for the day a couple of years ago:
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    The D'aquisto is lovely, never ceases to amaze.

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    Default Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Everything looks right for the 1969 A-5 Florentine model. Looks all original . The label does seem odd and it could be a homemade of the original that fell out. I've seen some of these 60's Gibson labels turn loose from the glue they used at that time. That serial no. should also be stamped onto the back of the headstock at the top.

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