1937 Gibson A-50 Mandolin

This is a vintage 1937 Gibson A-50 Mandolin. This particular example, serial number DA-6821, is in good, 100% all original condition, with no cracks, breaks or repairs, although the back has become unglued. This is a very rare variant that features a rather unique large body shape, non-traditional headstock profile and longer 14 3/8″ scale length. It includes a non-original Road Runner hard shell case.

This pre-war era Gibson mandolin features: the original brown 3-tone sunburst finish, carved maple back and sides, a carved spruce top, an “A” style tear drop symmetrical body, bound top, bound back, bound pickguard, bound fingerboard, a varied pattern fretboard inlay, a fleur-de-lis peghead inlay and a script Gibson pearl logo, and a “The Gibson” engraved tailpiece cover.

The original finish has only faded slightly and exhibits weather checking across the top. There is evidence of finish pealing and crackling on the front and back of the headstock. All original hardware is in very nice condition and displays expected oxidation. The only serious issue with this mandolin is the seam separation on the bottom of the back, which was most likely caused by exposure to heat.

The action is good, and there is no sinking on the top of the mandolin. While it plays and sounds great, and is usable as-is, it could use a fresh set of stings.