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    Default 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    This little beauty arrived yesterday. I'm baby-sitting it for an extended period before delivering to its eventual owner. I'll let him pontificate about it if he wishes. Probably the most pristine snake in Sheraton Brown I've ever seen and it has monster tone.

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    Related record for it at the Mandolin Archive.

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Pristine is right! This mandolin looks practically factory new. Was it simply unplayed for many years or vigilantly well taken care of?

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Yeah, this one's eventually coming to the UK. Same batch as my previous favorite too..
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    This is the earliest-known unrestored snakehead.. or you could just say the second-earliest known snakehead.

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    Nevermind. It's just kind of early.
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Is that an "a" model (i.e., rather than some A-1, A-2 or such)?

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Incredible! I'll defer to you experts, but the headstock almost looks like it got a factory refinish. I'd love to hear its story.

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    How certain are we that the finish is original, particularly the headstock?

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    I think the lighting makes everything a bit overly shiny in this photo set.. but I personally last saw it about 6 years ago so my memory is faint!

    Here are a couple of older photos I shot back when I first ran into it
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Is that an "a" model (i.e., rather than some A-1, A-2 or such)?
    I'd guess so.. A zilch , from a year or so earlier had no edge dots, on one I got .
    so I had someone put some in, since that is the instrument operator's view..
    same 1 ring and hole edge binding, & top but none on back around it?
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    yeah, A-nuttin', but it does have perl dots on the driver's side of the fretboard.

    Nobody noticed yet, but the pickguard got shortened (just the tip.. just for a second..) at some point.. should meet the board right at 12th fret
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    yeah, A-nuttin', but it does have perl dots on the driver's side of the fretboard.

    Nobody noticed yet, but the pickguard got shortened (just the tip.. just for a second..) at some point.. should meet the board right at 12th fret
    In the photos that Scott posted...is the bridge upsidedown?
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Quote Originally Posted by MANDOLINMYSTER View Post
    In the photos that Scott posted...is the bridge upsidedown?
    Good eye! Yes it was, I pointed it out and he flipped it right-ways-round.

    Trivia: normally the slightly thicker foot (bass side) has a patent stamp on it.. facing (usually) the tailpiece, sometimes the peghead side. I've hardly ever seen one where the patent stamp isn't on the bass side.
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    I know you said it's unrestored, but it looks way too shiny to me. Are we sure it hasn't been refinished?
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Mine, SN# 73934 FON #11865 is entirely unrestored. Everything (but the strings) is original. And but for the bridge, tail piece cover, and the truss rod cover nothing has ever been removed.

    But I don't make it in the "earliest" category.
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    What a beauty
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    Can anyone explain the headstock to me? There's no logo, what looks like a well centered gouge, and a rough textured finish. It just looks really odd.

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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    No logo.. style A
    Gouge.. not sure, dent of some sort
    Finish.. 90-year old varnish crazing
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    Default Re: 1923 Gibson Snakehead #71249

    I am guessing it sounds dreamy.
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