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Value of A-Style Mandolin

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My Dad purchased a Gibson mandolin in the late 50's. I would like to find out what the value of the mandolin would be. Inside the mandolin (you can see through one of the "f" holes), there is a stamped number: X8888 11. From other information I have found, I think the mandolin was made in 1954 and was number 11 in the series of 40 produced. Does anyone have an estimated value? It is in very good condition and a real beauty. Thanks, Tim

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Tim, I'd say your best bet would be to call George Gruhn in Nashville at 615-256-2033. He's a vintage instrument dealer and appraiser, and I know he deals with old mandolins a lot.

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The value will also depend if it is a A, A1, A2, A3, etc. Gruhn's or other places who appraise will need that info from the label. I had an A and an A3 and sold them both at guitar shows. They are good sellers and getting more rare all the time. I hope you do well on it, or just keep it and enjoy it.

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Tim, I'd say your best bet would be to call George Gruhn in Nashville at 615-256-2033. He's a vintage instrument dealer and appraiser, and I know he deals with old mandolins a lot.

 

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