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1954 Gibson A-40

FON X?? Gibson's entry-level instrument through the 1950's, the A-40 offered players an affordable way to own a Gibson-built mandolin. Solid, carved spruce top mated to laminated mahogany back and sides, single-bound top, no back or fingerboard binding, gloss natural finish, rosewood board and adjustable bridge, clamshell tailpiece, tortoise-celluloid pickguard, and Kluson tuners.

Although a simply appointed instrument, the A-40 offered Gibson playability, a great neck, and some darn good tone.

This example is in very good condition and is completely original, including its finish. No cracks or repairs, but there are a few long thumb-nail scratches on the top that would make you think otherwise. Original frets are showing their age but play well, although some buzz shows itself at frets 7 to 9. Neck angle is excellent, perfect top arch. Nut width of 1-3/16". Set-up in shop.

Very sweet tone, musical, light, and pretty.

With non-original hardshell case

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