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    Default 1937 Gibson A1

    I aquired this instrument recently at a Vintage Guitar Show . Although I can't read it , apparently the serial number is 526 C6 . I was told that this is a slightly different variation in that the body is a little wider than most . True ? Also , when comparing it to pics on the web , I notice that the headstock is a slightly different shape . Am I missing something here ?
    I know nothing about mandolins . I am a bass player . I bought it to learn how to play .

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    Default Re: 1937 Gibson A1

    Gibson did briefly make the A-1 and A-50 models with a larger body from 1937 to circa 1942. They were not made in large numbers.

    According to Gruhn's Guide, the large bodied mandolins had a longer scale length of 14 1/2", compared to the standard scale of 13 7/8" for most Gibson mandolins.

    There were several variations in the shape of pre-war Gibson mandolin pegheads. Except for the "snakeheads", the variations were small enough that they are often not noticed.

    That's one of the cleanest '30's Gibson I've seen in quite a while. If the back looks as good as the top, try not to bang it up too much. Hope you enjoy it.

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    Here is the back .
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    526 C 6 is the factory order number (FON). According to Spann's book, 526 C is a known batch of A-1 mandolins from 1937. The 6 at the end probably stands for the 6th instrument of the batch. That's a very nice instrument. Hopefully you get a lot of enjoyment out of learning to play it.

    Per Paul Fox's book on Gibson mandolins, 298 A-1 models were shipped in 1937.
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    Default Re: 1937 Gibson A1

    Is it commom for there to be no sticker inside ?

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    Yes. During this period, Gibson usually only used paper labels on a few high-end instruments.

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