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1923 Gibson A2-Z

Serial #74977, FON 11971. Gibson's most sought-after A-style mandolin model, the A2-Z was only built for a short period in the mid 1920's, and is strongly associated with acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar's tenure at Gibson. The new A2-Z was essentially an A2 but with a Snakehead headstock, maple (rather than birch) back and sides, natural finish, double binding around the body, adjustable truss-rod and adjustable bridge.

This particular specimen comes to us from the family of its original owner. It's a crack-free example with a 1960's factory refinish, and in very fine shape -- particularly for an instrument that's 90 years old. Original tuners, tailpiece and bridge base. The bridge top is a new Randy Wood repro, installed in our shop. Nut, frets, and truss-rod cover likely replaced at the same time as the instrument's finish.

An excellent sounding A2-Z, with just the right combination of warmth, chop, and cut. Set-up is spot on, as well. The instrument's top shows perfect arch, and the top and back plates appear to have not been modified in thickness during the refinish.

With original hardshell case

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