Gibson Style A Snakehead Arch Top Mandolin (1923)

Gibson  Style A Snakehead Arch Top Mandolin  (1923)

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Item # 8361
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Gibson Style A Snakehead Model Arch Top Mandolin (1923), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 92841, dark brown varnish finish, birch back and sides,spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, black hard shell case.
Overall length is 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm.), 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) across at the widest point, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/16 in. (27 mm.).

This is a great playing and sounding example of a Loar-era Style A, showing wear and some old repairs, but nothing too serious. The back has been rebound (and likely re-attached); the work is clean and completely solid, but not to restoration level; i.e. it's fairly easily noticed. There is general wear to the varnish finish, including some decently sized scrapes to the top and back and spots down to the wood near the neck joint and on the back of the neck. No additional oversprayed finish has been added.

All hardware is original and complete (including all the oft-missing pieces like the tailpiece cover and pickguard), except a new attachment block has been made for the pickguard bracket where it clamps to the body, a bit larger than the original. The frets are low but have no divots and playability is excellent.

All of these "snakehead" mandolins (made when Master Lloyd was in the building calling the shots) are prized for their superior sound, but we think this is one of the best we have heard, with a powerful full-range bark that still cuts as needed. A well-played mandolin, and for good reason! Includes a good non-original HSC. Very Good + Condition.