Gibson A-4 Mandolin Vintage 1911

Gibson A-4 Mandolin Vintage 1911

This is a 1911 Gibson A-4 Mandolin, “The Gibson”, in all original finish and condition. It is an absolutely beautiful instrument. It has age-appropriate wear and the original finish still has its beautiful luster.

The quality of this instrument is outstanding. The top of the mandolin has its original ebonized (black) finish, and the back and sides are mahogany colored. The back of the neck has a stylized black stripe which blends into the back of the headstock which is completely black.

The headstock is inlaid with mother-of-pearl inlays for the fleur de lis and “The Gibson”.

The original label is inside the sound hole and has its serial number written on it.The serial number is 12222, which dates it to 1911.

The mandolin has a symmetrical body type, which makes it an A-style mandolin. The fretboard comes to a flat end which is how the earlier models were made. Later on the treble-side of the fretboard was extended.

The tuners are the original Handel tuners and knobs. They are quite beautiful and exceptional.

The bridge has been replaced sometime likely in the 1920s or maybe 1930s with an adjustable bridge. Between 1910 and 1921, all Gibson mandolins had a fixed compensated bridge.

Condition:

  • The mandolin has the original hardware tuners and tail piece.
  • The finish is original and so is the color.
  • There are minor blemishes and light scratches along the body as to be expected from this 112 year-old mandolin.
  • There are two small screw holes on the treble side of the fretboard where the pickguard would have been attached. The pickguard is included, although I am not sure if it’s original. The pickguard bracket which attaches to the body is missing.
  • It appears that part of the back binding was replaced at some point, although it is hard to tell. There are two splits in the binding on either side of the section that may be replaced.
  • The neck is straight and the frets are good.
  • The tuners work well.
  • The bridge was replaced likely in the 1920s or 1930s as mentioned above.

Size and Dimensions:

  • Overall length: 26″
  • Scale size: 14″
  • Body width: 10 1/4″
  • Body depth at edge: 1 7/8″
  • Nut width: 1 3/16″

A high-quality gig/soft bag is included. Stand used in pictures is not for sale.

Free insured shipping in the United States. Please feel free to ask questions!

Description

This is a 1911 Gibson A-4 Mandolin, “The Gibson”, in all original finish and condition. It is an absolutely beautiful instrument. It has age-appropriate wear and the original finish still has its beautiful luster.

The quality of this instrument is outstanding. The top of the mandolin has its original ebonized (black) finish, and the back and sides are mahogany colored. The back of the neck has a stylized black stripe which blends into the back of the headstock which is completely black.

The headstock is inlaid with mother-of-pearl inlays for the fleur de lis and “The Gibson”.

The original label is inside the sound hole and has its serial number written on it.The serial number is 12222, which dates it to 1911.

The mandolin has a symmetrical body type, which makes it an A-style mandolin. The fretboard comes to a flat end which is how the earlier models were made. Later on the treble-side of the fretboard was extended.

The tuners are the original Handel tuners and knobs. They are quite beautiful and exceptional.

The bridge has been replaced sometime likely in the 1920s or maybe 1930s with an adjustable bridge. Between 1910 and 1921, all Gibson mandolins had a fixed compensated bridge.

Condition:

  • The mandolin has the original hardware tuners and tail piece.
  • The finish is original and so is the color.
  • There are minor blemishes and light scratches along the body as to be expected from this 112 year-old mandolin.
  • There are two small screw holes on the treble side of the fretboard where the pickguard would have been attached. The pickguard is included, although I am not sure if it’s original. The pickguard bracket which attaches to the body is missing.
  • It appears that part of the back binding was replaced at some point, although it is hard to tell. There are two splits in the binding on either side of the section that may be replaced.
  • The neck is straight and the frets are good.
  • The tuners work well.
  • The bridge was replaced likely in the 1920s or 1930s as mentioned above.

Size and Dimensions:

  • Overall length: 26″
  • Scale size: 14″
  • Body width: 10 1/4″
  • Body depth at edge: 1 7/8″
  • Nut width: 1 3/16″

A high-quality gig/soft bag is included. Stand used in pictures is not for sale.

Free insured shipping in the United States. Please feel free to ask questions!

Additional information

Brand

Gibson

Model

A-4

Return Policy

Overview

Our refund and returns policy lasts 14 days. If 14 days have passed since your purchase, we can’t offer you a full refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it and it must be returned within 14 days of your purchase. It must also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted:

    • Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error.

    • Any item that is returned more than 14 days after delivery

Refunds

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.

If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days. There will be a 3% return fee deducted from the original amount. For example, if the purchase price was $100, you will receive $97. 

Late or missing refunds

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Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.

Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.

If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us.

Sale items

Only regular priced items may be refunded. Sale items cannot be refunded.

Exchanges

Exchanges are not offered on returns.

Shipping returns

To return your product, you should mail your product to the address on your product box, or contact us for a return address.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable.

Shipping insurance must be obtained on returned items. You may want to consider using a service that offers shipment tracking.

We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

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Shipping Info (Free Shipping)

FREE SHIPPING IS AVAILABLE ON THIS ITEM.

All sold guitars are handled and shipped within 2 days of purchase. For most deliveries in the United States, we use UPS.

Packing process:

  • Guitar is inspected
  • Strings loosened
  • Neck and head wrapped and supported
  • Body wrapped and supported
  • Inserted into guitar case (if sold with guitar)
  • Inserted into box
  • Taped/sealed
  • UPS pickup