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1963 Gibson A-50

Serial # 68862. A very attractive 50-plus year old Gibson A that's survived the years in exceptional condition. Completely original with no repairs, issues, or concerns other than perhaps a replace pickguard bracket. Bound A style body with figured maple back and sides and a carved spruce top; mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard and pearloid dot inlay. Beveled-edge pickguard, rosewood adjustable bridge, Kluson tuners, and Gibson squiggle tailpiece. Sunburst lacquer finish throughout.

Set-up nicely, the mandolin plays very easily. The action is low, and the lie of the frets is good. There is fretwear up to about the 7th fret, but the instrument plays cleanly in all neck positions. 13-7/8" scale, 1-3/16" nut.

The instrument's tone is pretty, and it has enough punch to satisfy a sometimes-bluegrass player. It's a great choice for folky accompaniment, or for songwriting. Or perhaps just to hang on the wall and look at -- it's such a great looking instrument!

With original hardshell case, in similar condition

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