Serial # 74727, FON 11932. 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 example is in wonderful condition and beautifully preserved. It’s been set-up in our shop, plays cleanly and well, and shows relatively little fretwear. No repairs, seam separations or structural concerns. The bridge top is an accurate replica; the original part is cracked, but will accompany the instrument. A passive soundboard transducer has been mounted inside the top and an endpin jack installed.

Carved spruce and maple body with bound top and back, black lacquer finish, celluloid rosette and bound soundhole. Unbound ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Original bone nut and Waverly Arrowhead tuners; original pickguard, bridge base, tailpiece and all finish.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping – all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.

We are located in Canada. US prices are approximate. Please contact us for current US pricing.

Year Condition Case
1923 Excellent Original Hard


Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
6:45 PM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Folkway Music accepts Visa, Mastercard, money order, bank transfer, or cash.

Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.

Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.