The original hard shell case is notable for being in outstanding condition – one of the cleanest such black, wooden cases as we have ever seen. Inside the pocket of the case is an ancient envelope containing a bunch of very old flatpicks.
This most desirable genre of Gibson Style mandolin versions has the inverted peghead that becomes skinnier as it goes northward, the adjustable truss rod with the bell-shaped plastic cover held in place by two roundhead slotted screws, an 18 fret fingerboard and the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. Said fingerboard is inlaid with 6 mother of pearl dotmarkers in 5 positions (single dot at 5, 7, 10, double dot at 12 and single at 15). The oval soundhole is bound in ivoroid and adjacent is a yellowed crème and black celluloid decorative rosette that encircles the soundhole. The bridge is two-piece, ebony and adjustable and bears its “Pat’d. July 18, ‘21” stamp on the base; present, too, is its “The Gibson” etched slide-on tailpiece cover with the traditional etched floral pattern. The elevated “fingerrest,” usually referred to as a pickguard, has deteriorated down to the dust from which all things exit stage left, and is, not unlike Judge Crater, among the missing, leaving behind a wife, two small children, and one not very evident hole where the pickguard (when it had one) was mounted to the lower treble edge of the fingerboard much like an overly friendly Rottweiler.
The two-piece adjustable ebony bridge has the “Pat’d. Jan. 18, ‘21” legend etched in its base. The top of the mandolin is bound in single-ply grained ivoroid. The mandolin shows your basic light signs of use and wear including normal surface scratches, typical small marks and nicks, hand wear on the back of the neck, scuffs and finish checking, especially on the headplate. In actuality the instrument shows far less than normal signs of use and wear and is in exemplary condition, proffering exemplary sound and demonstrating easy playability. OUR PRICE WAS $2985 BUT NOW ON SALE FOR: