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Gibson TB4 Snakehead Trap Door Tenor Banjo, 1924

Gibson TB4 Snakehead Trap Door Tenor Banjo, 1924

Here’s a lovely older instrument, built around 1924 – The Gibson TB4 Snakehead, trap door tenor banjo, with Maple for the neck, rim and folding ‘trap door’ resonator. This fine instrument has its original parts, though the case is long gone, and was built at the end of the Lloyd Loar era (1911 to end of 1924), which produced many historic innovations. The Gibson TB4 was part of the TB or Tenor Banjo series introduced in 1921 as Gibson attempted to stabilize its place in the banjo market.

Vintage
Price: $1,499.99 CAD
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Eastman MDC805 Mandocello Classic Finish

Eastman MDC805 Mandocello Classic Finish

The Eastman MDC805 Mandocello is a wonderful, rich sounding instrument that works well as a solo, ensemble or accompaniment instrument in a wide range of styles and genres, from Celtic to Classical, Latin and back again. The Mandocello had been in existence for some centuries in Europe, beginning with flat back and then bowl back. However, in 1905 Orville Gibson’s company began producing mandolin family instruments, including Mandocello models that drew from his blending of violin and guitar concepts. 

New
Price: $2,759.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Eastman MD515 F Style Mandolin Classic Tint, 2017

❌SOLD❌  Eastman MD515 F Style Mandolin Classic Tint, 2017

The Eastman MD515 mandolin is a high quality yet reasonably priced rendering on the classic Gibson F-style instruments introduced in the 1920s during Lloyd Loar’s tenure at Gibson. One of Orville Gibson’s radical innovations was to bring violin family construction principles into the world of guitars and mandolins, leading directly to the arched top instruments we find commonplace today.

Used
Price: $1,000.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson A Jr Model Junior A-Style Mandolin Sheraton Brown, 1924

❌SOLD❌ Gibson A Jr Model Junior A-Style Mandolin Sheraton Brown, 1924

Here we’re looking at a Gibson A Junior model mandolin in Sheraton brown – basically the only colour available for this model. It’s built like other A-Style mandolins, the key differences being wood quality and low decoration level. The arched, carved top features an oval soundhole and is Adirondack Spruce, while the arched, carved back is Maple, as are the sides and neck.

Vintage
Price: $1,999.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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