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Gibson A-4 Mandolin Sunburst versus Blackface

#1 User is offline   Frances50 

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 06:01 PM

I am searching for a vintage Gibson A-4 mandolin mostly for display but I want it to be playable. I have two options in my search. I found a 1914 A-4 Blackface but it has a small crack on the back that is supposedly "stable" but unrepaired. The seller won't come off the price. Otherwise, the mandolin is pristine. But the crack worries me. The second option is a 1915 A-4 sunburst that has had a small crack repaired. I cannot discern the crack from the pictures and the price is more reasonable.

Any thoughts as to collectability with sunburst versus blackface A-4 mandolins?

Thanks.
Frances


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 03:39 PM

1200 to 1500 is about the going rate for one without a sunk top.. I had a good one but It found a good home already..

I don't think it matters on color.. but...... with black.. a top is easier to hide flaws.
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#3 User is offline   Frances50 

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 04:30 PM

UPDATE: I purchased a 1915 A-4 reddish sunburst Gibson from Vintage Instruments (Fred Oster). The mandolin came today and it's gorgeous. I tried to attach a picture but the file was too large and it wouldn't let me.
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Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
Gibson Doves in Flight
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium (Koa)
Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Natural
Gibson ES-Les Paul Bass (Gold Top)
Taylor PS56ce 12-string acoustic
Taylor 916ce BRW
Fender American Stratocaster HSS
Olson 2012 SJ
Rainsong H-OM1000N2
Gibson 1916 A-4 mandolin
Martin 0-28 c.1870 acoustic
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#4 User is offline   aliasphobias 

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 05:33 AM

View PostFrances50, on 17 June 2016 - 04:30 PM, said:

UPDATE: I purchased a 1915 A-4 reddish sunburst Gibson from Vintage Instruments (Fred Oster). The mandolin came today and it's gorgeous. I tried to attach a picture but the file was too large and it wouldn't let me.



Try photobucket or another image hosting site. Congrats on the A4!
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