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Mandolin (style A2)

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One-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of wide-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in herringbone pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; face of headstock ebonized. Tuning machines of steel with knobs...

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Inlaid on headstock: The/ Gibson; printed label: … Gibson MANDOLIN Style A2 / Number [handwritten: 51056] is hereby / GUARANTEED …/ GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S.A.; On tailpiece: The/ Gibson On pickguard: PAT MAR 30 '09


Before 1982, Fred J. Zahn; by 1982, by descent to his son, Carl F. Zahn, Boston, Massachusetts; 1982, gift of Zahn to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of Carl F. Zahn in memory of his father, Fred J. Zahn


Object Place

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Length 65 cm, width 25.7 cm (Length 25 9/16 in., width 10 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Birch, spruce, ebony, plastic


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones