Beautiful pumpkin-top mandola crafted by Gibson in 1912.
Arched spruce top with red stained birch back and sides, ivoroid-bound oval soundhole, ivoroid-bound 21 fret ebony fingerboard and ebony bridge. The Gibson-stamped tailpiece and tuner plates are nickel and the fingerboard and headstock inlays are pearl. Tortoiseshell pickguard, ivoroid bound top and ivoroid tuner buttons complete the look.
Our example has an “Aladar De Vekey” label – he was a musical instrument retailer in Bournemouth from 1910 and as well as being a Gibson agent was possibly the first importer of Martin Guitars to the UK.
This particular H1 has an incredibly sweet tone and the playability is superb.
The instrument comes with a high quality Calton hardshell case.