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1951 Gibson A-40

Gibson’s A-40 mandolin was a staple of the company’s post-war catalogue and was built from the late 1940’s into the 1970’s. A budget instrument, the A-40 featured a braced, laminate mahogany back and solid, carved spruce top. Only the top was bound, and the appointments were minimal – dots on the fretboard, Gibson decal logo, and a clamshell tailpiece. But despite its simplicity, the A-40 was a good seller for Gibson and sounded good.

This example is set-up well and plays easily. Frets don’t show very much wear, and the original tuners were recently re-buttoned. The bridge is unoriginal and the pickguard is long gone; finish, frets, nut, and tailpiece are original.

With chipboard case

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