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1913 Gibson A-1

Serial # 17619. An amazingly complete, original, and intact A-1, built over a hundred years ago! This Gibson mandolin has survived beautifully without cracks or the need for any repairs. All the seams are tight, top arch is perfect, the finish is beautiful, all the original parts are in excellent condition, and the playability is spot on thanks to a bridge fit and set-up by us.

The A-1 was an upgraded version of the very popular A- model, and featured a bound ebony fingerboard, double-ring rosette and bound sound hole, single-bound top, and pearl 'The Gibson" logo on the headstock face. This example is built with a bookmatched spruce top and one-piece birch back.

The instrument plays very nicely and with the warmth and projection 'teens Gibson mandolins are prized for. The frets were replaced by us in around 2008, and the fretboard is level and true. The first 3 frets show some wear but play cleanly still.

If you're on the hunt for an unquestionably great pumpkin-top Gibson A, we think this one scores high marks.

With modern hard shell case

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar 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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