An early Gibson mandola with cool and rather unusual features, but fully playable and sounds great. Not shown in these photos, because it's so hard to capture under all those strings, is the original "lyre mandolin" oval paper "Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co." label with Orville Gibson himself staring back at you. Gibson made quite a few mandolins and guitars with carved red cedar tops during this period, and this example's top is in great shape with no cracks except a few compression fractures along the outer edge on the bass side (these came in leather cases originally).

stock no. 56521

ModelH-1 Cedar Top Mandola
Back and sidesBirch
Frets to body9
Nut width1 5/16"
Scale length15 7/8"
Bridge materialebony, newer
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialCherry
Tunersoriginal, inlaid
Bindingcelluloid on top edge
Total frets21
Finishbody:varnish, neck:lacquer
Serial No7709