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1912 Gibson H-2 Mandola

Serial # 12821. For many tone-seekers, the voice of a 'teens Gibson Mandola is a hard thing to better. The H-2 is something like an oval-hole A-style mandolin, but with exponentially more sustain, gorgeous depth and cavernous resonance. A special sounding instrument, for certain, and one that is as much inspiring to play as it is to admire.

Built the year the Titanic sank and the US added its 47th and 48th states, this Gibson was made a long time ago. It is truly incredible to play an instrument that's seen a century pass, and to imagine all the melodies it's sung. It's in remarkably fine condition as well, and plays easily.

Carved red spruce top with bound oval soundhole, carved birch back and sides, ivoroid body bindings, and double ring rosette with ivoroid center. Black top finish with dark red back and sides; three-piece mahogany and ebony neck with bound ebony fingerboard, Fleur-de-Lys headstock inlay and 'The Gibson' in pearl, Handel tuning machines with carefully inlaid buttons.

The instrument has a perfect top arch and excellent neck angle. All seams are tightly glued, and the only crack is quite minor, cleanly repaired, and on the instrument's backside. A section of the back/rib seam has been well reglued, and there is an 1/8" binding splice at the very bottom of the instrument. A reglued sections of the back binding. Original frets are in very fine condition and play cleanly with almost no string pitting and full height. Set-up in our shop this H-2 plays easily and buzz-free.

With original hardshell case

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this mandola to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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