1939 Gibson A-50 wide-body Mandolin

This unique, rare Gibson A style is sometimes referred to as the “Big Bell” model with its 11" wide body and bell-like shape. This example has a sunburst spruce top and flamed-maple back and sides. The ebony fret board features the "Nick Lucas"- style inlay pattern with the “thicker” Gibson pearl logo and fleur-de-lis on the peg head. The original tailpiece and tuners are present, but the pickguard is missing. This version of the A-50 has a whopping 14.5” scale length, the longest on any Gibson mandolin. 

This particular instrument has ivoroid-bound f-holes, something we have never seen on any other A-50. Perhaps they were added on, but they could be original. This mandolin has a slight "crunch" on the lower part of the top near the right side of the tailpiece, which has been repaired and is totally stable. There is some finish touch-up on the back but virtually no fret wear and the action is superb. It is also, surprisingly, the best sounding example of a wide-body Gibson we have ever encountered — a player's gem!

$1,250.00 with worn original  hard case

Vintage Gintage

Vintage Gintage

Original Hard
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