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F-5 Artist, F-12 Artist and A-5 Florentine Mandolins

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 40

Gibson 1960 guitar and amplifier catalog. Page 40. Details of the F-5 Artist, F-12 Artist and A-5 Florentine Mandolins.

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 40: Gibson F-5 Artist, F-12 Artist and A-5 Florentine Mandolins
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Circa 1919 Gibson A-4 Mandolin

Circa 1919 Gibson A-4 Mandolin

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3395

1919Gibson A-4 Mandolin, Top of the line oval sound hole model of this era, CarvedSpruce top, Maple back and sides, Fleur De Lis inlay on peghead, Pearl dotinlays, Double bound, Gorgeous sounding mandolin! VG+, Original hard case.
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1922 Gibson Style A Mandolin

1922 Gibson Style A Mandolin

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

1922 Gibson Style A Mandolin, Lovely Walnut finish, Sweet and vibrant sounding, Tortoise guard, ??The Gibson?? logo on tailpiece, beautiful looking, Very minor hairline on headstock, White label, Plays great! Fun Mando that??s ready to enjoy!!! VG++, Nice original hard case
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1918 Gibson A-1 Mandolin

1918 Gibson A-1 Mandolin

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3295

1918 Gibson A-1, Mandolin, Lovely sounding, Originalguard with clamp in great shape, Nice frets, ??The Gibson?? logo on tailpiece, beautifullooking and ready to enjoy! Excellent condition, Nice original hard case,
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VINTAGE 1940-1950 USA GIBSON F MANDOLIN PICKGUARD GOLD MOUNT BRACKET

VINTAGE 1940-1950 USA GIBSON F MANDOLIN PICKGUARD GOLD MOUNT BRACKET

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1295

ORIGINAL 1940-1950 ERA USA GIBSON F MANDOLIN PICKGUARD .5 PLY BLACK & WHITE, PLASTIC CONSTRUCTION, ORIGINAL GOLD MOUNTING BRACKET, NORMAL WEAR WITH PATINA, NO CRACKS, NO TIP CHIPS, WHITE HAS TURNED A NICE ALMOND COLOR FROM AGE, SEE PICS FOR MEASUREMENTS, RARE ORIGINAL GUARD . THANKS FOR LOOKING!
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1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2 Serial#61655

1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2 Serial#61655

Forest Grove, Oregon, 971**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1900

1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2. This has only had 3 owners and has been played. Has some marks and scuffs as are age appropriate. This instrument is 100 years old and reflects that, though it has been cared for. Wear and scratch shown in photos
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Antique Gibson Kalamazoo A1 Archtop Mandolin w / f Holes & Original Case Very Good

Antique Gibson Kalamazoo A1 Archtop Mandolin w / f Holes & Original Case Very Good

Cicero, New York, 130**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1260

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Antique Gibson Kalamazoo A1 Archtop Mandolin w / f Holes And Original Case Very Good ConditionCase Is In Poor Condition
Winner pays $39 95 for shipping and handling
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mandolin Gibson 1965 electric by factory EM150 all orginal

mandolin Gibson 1965 electric by factory EM150 all orginal

Topeka, Kansas, 666**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

gibson mandolin 1965 electric by factory EM150 all orginal. Completely reconditioned by Shawn Ward been doing repair and luthier for over 30 years comes with one year guarantee new strings and orginal chip board case. Made in Kalamazoo Michigan in 1965. One little finish blemish on back side where neck and body meet at the heel. This is the nicest 58 year old mandolin I have seen been in music business since 1967
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VINTAGE 1919 GIBSON A-4 MANDOLIN

VINTAGE 1919 GIBSON A-4 MANDOLIN

Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3295

You are buying a VINTAGE 1919 GIBSON A-4 MANDOLIN in near excellent condition. Carved spruce top, maple back and sides,
Fleur De Lis peghead inlay, bound ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, Plays and sounds great. At some point a strap button was added on the heel. Non original hard shell case included
Please view photos and email questionsbefore buying. Payment is due uponpurchase. No International shippingunless you use the Ebay Global Shipping program which charges an ... more
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Gibson A Mandolin 1921 Very good condition $2, 500

Gibson A Mandolin 1921 Very good condition $2, 500

Ashland, Oregon, 975**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

Gibson A MandolinppspanExcellent tone, very good condition. Wonderful for playing folk music. From 1921. A1 body style. Serial #63670. Sheraton brown finish.
Neck replaced by luthier Jim Prior in Portland, Oregon, with a modern-style U-shaped neck with carbon fiber, snakehead and custom abalone inlay Very well done. Plays easier than original neck
Carved red spruce top, birch (possibly maple) sides and back, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, mother of pearl tuners, silver plated engraved ... more
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Orig Vintage GIBSON Creme Color MANDOLIN Guitar? Logo PICKGUARD w / Orig BRACKET

Orig Vintage GIBSON Creme Color MANDOLIN Guitar? Logo PICKGUARD w / Orig BRACKET

Kingston Springs, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$90

Original 1947-1951? GIBSON Creme Color with Gold LOGO Mandolin or possibly Guitar? PICKGUARD with Original BRACKET. Unsure What model Mandolin or Guitar this Pickguard Fits?? INFO WELCOME!! Looks to be from an "A" model. I say 1947-1951 because those are the years of the logo when the dot of the letter "i" runs into the "G" (see pics) or so I read. Guard is in Great Condition with minimal scratches and use wear. Back side of guard has some signs of wear (see pics). Original bracket has surface... more
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vintage Gibson A-4 mandolin, circa 1920-25 , excellent shape w /  new hardcase

vintage Gibson A-4 mandolin, circa 1920-25 , excellent shape w / new hardcase

Lewiston, New York, 140**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

here we have a vintage 1920 Gibson model A-4 mandolin. the is no interior label but it does have a penciled serial number of 60476 and a factory order number ink stamped on the inner neck block of 11333. both numbers are correct for an instrument made by Gibson in the early 20's. the mandolin was purchased recently from a customer of ours who's grandmother had passed away and left them the mandolin, so she knew why it was put away in the closet because of the binding falling off. it now has ... more
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1934 Gibson A Century of Progress Mandolin

1934 Gibson A Century of Progress Mandolin

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6100

Made for the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. White pearloid fingerboard and peghead veneer. Only made 1934-1936 with symmetrical body, carved top, oval soundhole, flat back, pickguard glued to top, bound top and back, bound pearloid fingerboard, double and triple diamond pearl inlay set into rosewood. Very rare, all original
Instrument: Mandolin
Brand: Gibson
Era: 1930s
Condition: Vintage (Pre 1980s)
Body: Other
Scale: Long
Wood (Top): Spruce
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Vintage The Gibson Guitar Co Mandolin A2 Body Celluloid Pick Guard Case

Vintage The Gibson Guitar Co Mandolin A2 Body Celluloid Pick Guard Case

Enola, Pennsylvania, 170**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

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A nice Gibson Mandolin. This is marked on the inner label that it is the A2 body. In overall good or better condition. Some mild finish wear overall, no apparent damage or cracks. There are some mild dings and scratches, there is a small chip our of the bottom strap button. No high strings, will likely need restrung. Has the original Bakelite (or Lucite?) pick guard in good shape. Comes in the original case which is fair to good, handle is wrapped. Serial number is ... more
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Antique "The Gibson" A-1 Mandolin 1913 Orange Pumpkin Finish Beautiful Tone

Antique "The Gibson" A-1 Mandolin 1913 Orange Pumpkin Finish Beautiful Tone

Collingswood, New Jersey, 081**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

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The Gibson 1918 Mandolin A Style -  FREE SHIPPING TO CONTINENTAL USA

The Gibson 1918 Mandolin A Style - FREE SHIPPING TO CONTINENTAL USA

Rockford, Illinois, 611**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1650

Gibson A-1 Vintage Mandolin from 1918 with original hard case and electric pick up installed. One owner for decades and only played professionally. Some wood, finish and tailpiece cover issues given the age of this vintage instrument. Tuners and bridge have been replaced.
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1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish

1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish

Charlotte, North Carolina, 282**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1050

Here I have a 1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish
I buy, repair and resell musical instruments. I generally receive shipping damaged guitars from the factory or a distributor. I also receive store returns or open box items
This is a mandolin that I have had for some time. The condition is good for being over 100 years old. I do have the mandolin set up to play and the action is good. The sound is so nice. I have had a fair number of these The Gibson mandolins over the years and ... more
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GIBSON MANDO-BANJO,  MB-4 from 1922

GIBSON MANDO-BANJO, MB-4 from 1922

East Dover, Vermont, 053**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850

1922 Gibson Mando-Banjo. Has 1 broken tuner otherwise appears to be in good working condition. The original case is in poor shape. Shaft for broken tuner in in the case
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1940 - 60s? Gibson A-40 Mandolin Serial # 65004 W /  Worcester Case Free Shipping

1940 - 60s? Gibson A-40 Mandolin Serial # 65004 W / Worcester Case Free Shipping

Palm Harbor, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1695

1940 - 60s? Gibson A-40 Mandolin Serial # 65004 W / Worcester Case

Not sure on the exact date. Looked in the archives and couldn??t find it. Mandolin is very good condition for its age. Case shows wear. Shown in the pictures


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Will ship same business day if payment is received before 2pm Eastern

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1914 Gibson Mandolin

1914 Gibson Mandolin

Lilburn, Georgia, 300**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

I BOUGHT THIS MANDOLIN ABOUT 1965 FROM THE ESTATE OF ATLANTA PHYSICIAN, DR. IRA FURGUSON. HE USED IT IN THE MANDOLIN CLUB AT GEORGIA TECH
11 YEARS AGO I HAD IT APPRAISED AND THE PAPERS ARE ATTACHED WITH THE PHOTOS
IT IS LIKELY THAT THE INSTRUMENT WAS ORIGINALLY STENCILED "THE GIBSON" BUT IT WAS SENT TO THE FACTORY AFTER 1933 AND ALL THESE GIBSONS WERE RE-STENCILED "GIBSON" ACCORDING TO WHAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND OUT
THE APPRAISAL COMPANY WOULD POSSIBLY HAVE ... more
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Antique 1920s The Gibson Mandolin A Style

Antique 1920s The Gibson Mandolin A Style

Lynbrook, New York, 115**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1250

Antique 1920s The Gibson Mandolin A Style Likely A4 (cannot read label)
Condition: overall good condition w. what appears to be old repairs to back of body & neck (nothing loose), missing one string, original hard case in worn condition. Please see pics closely to determine condition for yourself. As found and sold as is
Any questions? Please ask Any problems? Contact me first Thank you... more
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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional