Gibson K-1 Mandocello Natural 1912

8-String Mandolin with Ebony Fingerboard. Made in the USA.
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Gibson K-1 Mandocello Natural 1912

Serial #13250

Description & Specs


Finish: Original w/ touch-ups & over-spray

Top Material: Spruce Top

Body Material: Birch Body

Body Details: Birch back & sides with a solid carved spruce top -- The back has undergone a past center seam structural repair; material has been added and the seam touched up.

Neck Material: Maple Neck

Fingerboard Material: Ebony Fingerboard

Neck Profile: SHarp, V-Shape

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st fret: .98", 8th: 1.29"

Fingerboard Radius: No Radius

Nut Width: 1-19/32"

Scale Length: 24-3/4"

Neck Details: Two-piece maple neck with a walnut center seam, bound ebony neck, pearl dot inlays, no truss rod -- The back of the neck contains a spline beneath the area around the treble-side of the 1st & 2nd frets. This area has been touched up or over-sprayed. This repair was most likely done to remedy a worn-in thumb impression.

Electronics: n/a

Pickup Measurements: n/a

Hardware: Non-original bone nut -- A shim has been added beneath the bridge and there is an open hole on the bass side of the wing

Weight: 4 lbs 3 oz

Modifications / Repairs: Repaired rear center seam -- A spline has been added to the back of the treble side of the neck beneath the 1st & 2nd frets -- Non-original bone nut -- A shim has been added beneath the bridge and there is an open hole on the bass side of the wing

Case Details: Non-original hard shell case, modern dreadnought style

Cosmetic Condition: This Mandocello shows very nice aging and play wear. The finish has worn and checked significantly throughout with various other nicks, dings, and blemishes. - There is visible separation between the tops binding and the side of the upper portion of the body. The separation is structurally sound. - There is an open screw hole on the back of the headstock toward the top.

Serial Number: 13250

Tech Notes: Currently, set up with 22-74 gauge phosphor bronze mandocello strings. The action is set medium for optimal playability due to relief in the neck. The small bar frets show only light play wear for their age. -- The serial number dates this Gibson K-1 from 1912.

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