1924 A2Z Gibson Mandolin
It's my grandpa's mandolin. He passed away about nine years ago, lived here in Brooklyn most of his life, and he left it to me. APPPRAISER: And you played it yourself a little?
I played it, actually. Right before he passed away, we had it restrung, we went out and bought them ourself, and it worked.
It's a 1924 Gibson A2Z mandolin. It's in its original case, and it's in original condition and shows some pick wear. It's clearly been played. The rest of the mandolin is crack-free and all of its original parts, including its original tail piece cover, marked "The Gibson." You can tell it's a 1924 for a couple of reasons. One is the celluloid around the sound hole. It has a snakehead headstock, and this is the old style pick guard with the clamp on the side, and they changed to a newer style pick guard in 1925. You have the most desirable Gibson A-model mandolin that they made ever. It's the one that everybody wants to play for A mandolins. On today's market, at retail, this mandolin would bring $5,500 in a retail shop.
Nice. I'm gonna leave it in a case from now on.
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