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Thread: 1902 or 1905

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    Default 1902 or 1905

    just wondering what kind of finish gibson would have used on this year instrument? Also the ss# is4716,am I in the ballpark for the year of this mandolin? Thanks for any feedback. I am brand new to the forum and looking forward to learning about these older mando's

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    Teacher, luthier
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    Southeast Tennessee

    Default Re: 1902 or 1905

    Early Gibsons were finished with varnish. They probably used more than one type.
    Spann's Guide to Gibson places 4716 in the year 1905, which is a very early Gibson indeed.

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