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    Default Gibson A Jr with binding?

    Hi,

    I just picked up a Gibson A Jr today that has binding. I know very little about mandolins, but have always been interested. I've looked around and from what I've seen, A Jr's didn't come with binding or fret markers on the side of the fretboard, but this one does. Just looking for a little info on what I have.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Gibson A Jr with binding?

    Have not seen one before, but not saying it isn't possible that's original. There is a thread in a different section that mentions a couple of batches of A-1 models that had tortoise binding.

    Your serial number indicates 1923. Do you know the FON which might be marked near the neck block?

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    Default Re: Gibson A Jr with binding?

    Thanks Eric. I’ll go ahead and get in there with a light and mirror when I get back to see if I can get the FON. Hopefully I’ll be able to see it, once I have it I'll post it. Thanks again!

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    The only thing consistent in Gibson manufacturing from that era is inconsistency. Anything is possible.
    "It's comparable to playing a cheese slicer."
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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them"
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    Default Re: Gibson A Jr with binding?

    I've definitely seen this with this with their Norlin era guitars too. Makes it interesting for sure.

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    Hey Eric, found the FON, it's 11768. I'll do a little research to see what I can find out.

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    Default Re: Gibson A Jr with binding?

    The FON would place it late in 1922. That particular batch is not shown in the Spann guide.

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    Thank you for looking it up, I appreciate it!

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