Serial # 71270, FON 11753. The ‘Snakehead’ mandolins built by Gibson during Lloyd Loar’s tenancy at the company are widely considered to be the finest oval hole A-style instruments the company ever built.
This 1922 Sheraton Brown example is in wonderful condition and beautifully preserved. It plays cleanly and well, and shows relatively little fretwear. No repairs, seam separations or structural concerns. The bridge top is an accurate replica with original base. Original tailpiece and case, no pick guard. The tuners are perfect replicas (Stew-Mac 2505 Restoration A-style tuners) of the originals.
It is a very fine sounding example. It is just the thing for Irish, Old-Time, or jazz!
I just have to add this: We found this YouTube video of Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers playing this very instrument when he had it at his shop for sale. Stan was a friend, an icon and a pioneer in the world of mandolin shops. With great affection, we respectfully “borrow” and include this video:
SN # 71270 FON # 11753 (1922-1923) with original case
AMW Price: $2,750