Gibson Vintage 1934-35 A-00 Flatback A-style Mandolin w/HSC RARE!Gibson
What an instrument this is. Given the headstock logo, the flat back and F-holes it clearly puts this A-00 circa 1934 - 1935. Upon first looking at it it seems practically brand new but is actually just in unbelievable condition for something that's about 80 years old. During the Great Depression (which this was built right in the middle of), Gibson began to experimenting with designs to make things more affordable for most customers without sacrificing integrity, and in 1934 they introduced this version of the A-00 with the flat back and F-holes - which in turn happened to be the first year Gibson offered a mandolin with F-holes. Years before and after this version of the A-00 featured not f-holes but a small, oval sound hole underneath the strings and a carved back instead. The one thing that makes this piece kind of an anomaly is the FON (or Factory Order Number) that's located through the lower F-hole, which is ink stamped "1281". Given the rare features aforementioned it couldn't be any other possible year, but that FON suggests otherwise. Either way this thing is most certainly old but has been very well taken care of; it has been professionally restored by luthier Jane Hamel in November of 2013 and has a new bone nut, new bone cap on the original bridge, new tuners & tailpiece (both from Stew-Mac), the pickguard was removed and the side dot on 10th fret is actually a sticker. The finish is in truly unbelievable condition especially considering the age, the neck is perfectly straight, plays with very low action, and the volume that this naturally puts out is almost outside belief - for such a small package this is able to fill up a room with sound without hardly trying. Also included is a hardshell case and all the mojo you could hope for in an antique instrument.