A real find for the party who wants a true classic! The description of your instrument matches mine, right down to the case. The case is probably worth as much as the mandolin. I have never seen another one like it. S- summer 72- year of manufacture A- afternoon shift Rather bizarre catalog method, but that's how they did it. It is not pristine but.
Gibson, Bell~majority appear unused, but all are old Interior looks splattered with white paint? Some examples had the black skunk strip down the middle of the top similar to the Southerner Jumbos. What are the odds of that? The original partners were Fred and Cassie Bacon and Mr. The back and sides were still mahogany but the Southerner Jumbo had a dark wooden stripe separating the 2 back pieces. Mismanagement was so severe during the final Norlin years that the Gibson Guitar Corp. Top Bracing: The more economical Student Grade instruments were often ladder braced. Cherry Sunburst is still available. In 1947 a natural finish J-45 was finally offered and given the designation: J-50.
The headpiece is fashioned somewhat like a Gibson with the Harmony logo on top. Best wishes to all, Keep plucking. In 1935, binding was added to the fretboard. It was available with a brown finish and came as a snakehead or paddle headstock. A-1 Similar to A, but with double purfling on the soundhole.
The birch sides and back were stained red. There is also a number 29 in quite large print. Where no serial numbers are shown — they simply are not known. These items are sold as is! Even the group of inexperienced entreprenuers could see and understand the value of the Gibson name. Sometimes a higher model number means a bigger and fancier instrument but there does not appear to be a thoughtful of consistent method for ascribing model numbers. It was reintroduced in limited editions in 1991.
The original rosewood bridge was broken so I fitted this ebony adjustable bridge. The back braces were tall and thin and Gibson scalloped the top braces. I did notice a few hairline cracks on the fretboard, but they are tight. I just bought one of these puppies on eBay and am anxiously awaiting its arrival at my doorstep. Where back attaches to rim- near the tailpiece- there is about two inches where the rim glue joint is loose.
It really looks fancy and was top of the Harmony line. As you can see, the top has a crack that appears to have been repaired at one point in its life there is a cleat under it I feel on the inside and some sinking in this area. Necks Some early necks were cherry before 1912. Most antique mandolins have bowl-shaped backs made of a number of wooden ribs, and lutelike, teardrop-shaped bodies. I just bought one of these puppies on eBay and am anxiously awaiting its arrival at my doorstep. Overall length is 25 in. Black to reddish orange sunburst finish with the faux flamed grain pattern on the front and back.
Harmony produced so many different models under various brand names. All in all it is a vintage instrument for the player or collector. Several cost-cutting measures existed between the Advanced Jumbo and the J-35 including scalloped braces on the advanced Jumbo and not on the J-35. This should be considered a guide to get you within a year of the correct date. If I accidently omit an important detail in my description of an item which results in a buyers unhappiness with said item, I will offer a refund.
They had owner applied pick guards and multi-bound backs and tops including red line highlights. Returns accepted based on R and B approval of unique circumstances that have been reviewed and agreed between R and B and buyer. The saddles were wider than usual. The L-5S was the first high end jazz solid body guitar. Reference number: Do not bid unless you have 6 or more positive feedbacks unless you have written requesting permission. It appears that I'm not on my own attempting to get some info on a Harmony mandolin which sounds just like the one s you are describing. Did I forget to take my brain medicine again?? It has the usual finish flaws seen in instruments of its age;but is otherwise in very good condition.
I am at work and don't have my mandolin for reference but after reading everyone's comments, I think I have the same mandolin. Chicago was at the transportation crossroads of the nation as transcontinental railroad lines and sitting on the Great Lakes, and just over 100 or so miles from the mighty Mississippi River. Gibson had helped in the war effort and seen many employees enlist. Materials and methods of production were reviewed and revised. The necks and heels were rounder. We are not responsible for slow mail service so your patience is greatly appreciated.
I have never seen another one like it. RcmdId ViewItemDescV4,RlogId p4%60bo7%60jtb9%3Fvo%7B%3Dd70f%2B%3E336-147fa93e727-0x110- This instrument is a one owner collectible from the late 1950's. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. The introduction of a truss rod cover to the headstock caused the inlay patterns to adjust as well. Please see all pictures; this is a part of description. With painted flame and full sunburst finish, 12 fret to the body and 20 frets in total dot inlays.