Retrofret Stock # 6617. Gibson EM-150 Custom 4-String Model Hollow Body Electric Mandolin (1956), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # V8959-34, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, spruce top;mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Gibson's EM-150 is not by itself an unusual instrument-the model was the company's longest-serving electric Mandolin, in production from 1936 through 1971. This particular instrument, however, is an extremely rare variation that may well be one-of-a-kind, custom ordered with only 4 strings instead of the usual 8. Basically this is an standard EM-150 style hollow body electric mandolin mounting a 4-pole P-90 pickup (sometimes waggishly referred to as the "P-45" although that's not official Gibson designation!) but the headstock carries four individual Kluson Deluxe tuners instead of the standard 4-to-a-side strip. The sound is rounder and a bit mellower than solid body mandolins, with the "pop" common to the 4-srting mando but with some acoustic character. The cosmetics are typical Gibson for the era with a dark sunburst finished top and back in a dark stained maple rim, single binding on the front, back and fingerboard and pearl dot inlay. This is a particularly rare Gibson and also a fine playing 4-string electric mandolin-it makes an interesting comparison to Fender's 4-string "Mandocaster" launched around the same time! Single-strung mandolin is typically used for Western Swing playing, and this mandolin would be a real prize for any player in this genre. Another extremely cool Gibson rarity we have never seen before.Overall length is 26 in. (66 cm.), 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) width, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 13 3/4 in. (349 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.). Extremely fine condition overall, showing some light pick wear to the top and pickup cover near the fingerboard and a few tiny dents to the treble side of the neck but few other signs of use. The pickguard is warping upwards a bit, but does not impede play, there are no other issues. Complete and all original including a lovely Gibson-badged original black hard shell case. Excellent + Condition.

Year Condition Color Case
1956 Excellent sunburst lacquer Original Hard


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