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    Default Vintage K1 mandocello on GC

    Replacement bridge, some top cracks, looks like it was re-necked in the 1930s. Does have what looks like an original Geib case.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Gi...n-118384102.gc
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    Default Re: Vintage K1 mandocello on GC

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    Photos are much better than you usually get at GC.
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    Default Re: Vintage K1 mandocello on GC

    Definitely not a mandolin as described but is it even a manocello? My guess would be a mandola.

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    K would indicate mandocello, H was used for mandola, its a decent price even though it needs a luthier's attention. interesting.
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    not sure what happened to the photos I posted last night...
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    Default Re: Vintage K1 mandocello on GC

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    not sure what happened to the photos I posted last night...
    I have a feeling that you used the link icon to post photos instead of the image icon.
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    I took a look at the Mandolin Archive and found this mandola which is dated as 1929- an estimate and shipped in 1933 and it has the same headstock as this K1 and that may well mean that the neck is original. Here is the H1:

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/89642

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    I took a look at the Mandolin Archive and found this mandola which is dated as 1929- an estimate and shipped in 1933 and it has the same headstock as this K1 and that may well mean that the neck is original. Here is the H1:

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/89642
    I am unsure why that is any proof whether the neck is original or not. We would need a FON number from the body that would indicate that one way or the other. Yes, it is possible.
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    It is not proof but we know that many instruments made in the late 1920s were not shipped for a while- probably due to the start of the Great Depression so there may be anomalous things that crop up- and Gibson seemed to do this at certain times. That mandola is possibly an example of this and as you mention more information would be needed with this K1 but it is a possibility. I used the words "may well mean" which does not mean it definitely is but it deserves more investigation as it is a key aspect to this instrument's provenance. I suppose someone needs to take a look at it in person to find out more. The H1 and K1 were made over the same time period with a cut off of 1929 as far as I understand.

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    One reason to suspect it's been reworked is that it has back binding when it shouldn't. But yeah, it's conceivable that it's late '20s/early '30s with original neck and hardware.
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