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    Hello Everyone!

    I am looking to get some information on my recent pawn shop find! I have been playing bluegrass guitar for some time now and decided to venture out to find me a mandolin. I am for sure new to the instrument but wanted to get a little information on my find. I think I may have over-paid but that is OK because it sounds great!

    I located a 1994 Gibson A-5G signed by Bruce Weber in a local pawn shop. I ended up talking the guy down from $2000 to $1800. The mandolin is in EXCELLENT condition. Hardly has a scratch and never been tampered with. Does anyone know the actual worth of this instrument and any of its history? Thanks for any information!


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    Default Re: Bruce Weber A-5G Gibson

    Nice find! Gibson mandolins were briefly made in Montana after the company bought Flatiron. Bruce and some of the others did not want to move to Nashville, so they stayed in Montana and he started Sound to Earth, formerly the maker of Weber mandolins. The A5G is not super common, so it's hard to put a price on it, but I think you did just fine. How's it sound and play?

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    Default Re: Bruce Weber A-5G Gibson

    Here's one that sold for 1675.00 plus shipping and it's the more desirable earlier version. Here's a Bruce Weber signed one that sold for for 1599.00. It's probably worth just about what you paid for it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Bruce Weber A-5G Gibson

    The history of the F5G and A5G and what the G stood for can be found in this thread.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Bruce Weber A-5G Gibson

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F. View Post
    Nice find! Gibson mandolins were briefly made in Montana after the company bought Flatiron. Bruce and some of the others did not want to move to Nashville, so they stayed in Montana and he started Sound to Earth, formerly the maker of Weber mandolins. The A5G is not super common, so it's hard to put a price on it, but I think you did just fine. How's it sound and play?
    It plays amazing! I love it! I had one of my friends give it a run and it sounded great. Nice tone. Ill post a video below!


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