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1915 Gibson H-1 Mandola

Serial # 23584, FON 2412. A super-fine pumpkin-top Mandola from the golden era of the mid-teens. This particular instrument is in exquisite condition overall, and shows only minor wear to the frets and finish. It is completely original and intact, and having been set-up in our shop it plays as nicely as it looks. It is an under-the-bed special, with excellent frets, and a top's arch that's the same as it was when it left Kalamazoo nearly a century ago.

The finish is gorgeous, the nickel plating on the tailpiece and tuning machines is un-tarnished, there are no cracks anywhere on the instrument, and the tortoise-shell celluloid pickguard is intact and not showing any signs of the decomposition that oft plagues them. Have a look at the felt lining inside the original case - the color is unfaded.

Best yet, this instrument sounds wonderful. It is loud when you want it to be, and subtle when you softly ask it. The high A string has life all the way up the neck, and there is a warmth that washed over you when you strum a big C chord in the first position. Do you think we like this one? Is it that obvious?

Tuned CGDA, the H1 Mandola has a scale of 15-3/4", a 1-5/16" nutwidth, and a body of 11-1/8" across. Back and sides of Birch, top of Red Spruce, ebony fingerboard and bridge, grained celluloid bindings and tuning machine buttons, bone nut, and a pearl headstock inlay.

Set-up in our shop, this instrument plays perfectly.

With original hard shell case

This vintage instrument may be shipped out of Canada. It is not subject to CITES.

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