This is a rare and beautiful 1909 Gibson A style mandolin with the original leather case. It is in excellent condition for its age, with only minor signs of wear. The mandolin has a rich, warm sound that is perfect for bluegrass, Americana, or any other genre of music. The Bull brand case is also in excellent condition, and rare in the extreme because it was the highest trim level for these early mandolins.
This mandolin was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan shortly after they opened, and has the Orville Gibson label inside the sound hole. I believe it lived it’s whole live in Arizona, because it’s condition is frankly amazing.
Two features were only used together for a few months…the extended fretboard and the “pineapple” Gibson string cover
If you are looking for a rare and special mandolin, this is the one for you. It is a truly unique instrument that will bring you years of enjoyment.
The mandolin has a solid spruce top and maple back and sides.
The neck is maple with an ebony fingerboard.
The mandolin comes with a hardshell leather case.
The mandolin is in excellent condition for its age, with only minor signs of wear.