Gibson Style A-3 Carved Top Mandolin (1920)
Gibson Style A-3 Model Carved Top Mandolin (1920), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 61337, white lacquer top, dark stained back and sides finish, birch back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7319
A lovely example of one of the Gibson Company's most attractive mandolins, the Ivory-topped Style A-3. Gibson made many variations in the top color on their mandolin line in the teens and twenties, at various times offering black, brown, orange and red sunburst on different models. The striking "Antique Ivory" finish on this instrument was unique to the A-3, and only available on this model between 1918 and 1922. The top is double bound with a wide ivoroid soundhole ring encircled by three-ply wood on either side, the pickguard is grained ivoroid as is the bracket anchor. The back and fingerboard are single bound, the peghead has a particularly "nouveau" THE GIBSON script logo and inlayed vine pattern. The original bridge is one of the earliest two-piece adjustable units as shown in Gibson's patent artwork, with a compensated aluminum saddle used only for the first couple of years. The tuners are the typical period Waverly openbacks and their plating is in particularly nice shape. Overall a fine sounding example of this striking and singular Gibson mandolin.
Overall length is 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm.), 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) width, and 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). This instrument remains in very original condition with only some minor playing wear, most noticeable on the top rim where the player's arm rests and on the treble side of the neck heel. There is some scuffing and checking to the back finish and a few dings overall. As is typical with these the back/side seam has been resealed in several spots.The instrument still has all original hardware and finish, with just some light fretwork performed this is an excellent player as well. Includes the original hard case; a very fine A-3 with a bright and powerful sound-nearing its 100th birthday and ready for 100 more! Excellent Condition.
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