Gibson A2-Z Loar-Era Snakehead Mandolin 1924 Amber w/Case, Owned by Dan Beimborn (Mandolin Archive)
Owned by Dan Beimborn, founder of the Mandolin Archive, this notably rare 1924 Lloyd Loar-era Gibson A2-Z Snakehead mandolin was built only from 1922-1924, and is strongly associated with Loar's innovative tenure as a Gibson instrument designer (1919-1924) due to recognizable features like a Snakehead headstock, maple (rather than birch) back and sides, an Amber finish, double binding around the body, and most appreciably, an adjustable truss rod and bridge—allowing for an eminently playable slim neck and low, even action across the fingerboard.
While this A2-Z's saturated, articulate, and balanced tone is exactly what we'd look for in a lovingly played Loar-era Gibson, this particular instrument (SN:74956) boasts a remarkable volume and warm, woody headroom with no signs of overdrive or compression, even when pushed. It's a remarkable instrument—we can hear what Beimborn loved about this one, and we're certain it has another century of playing ahead.
Notes: This 1924 Gibson A2-Z Loar-Era Snakehead Mandolin is in Very Good condition, part of a climate-controlled, private collection, with visible surface wear consistent with age and appropriate use, including notable wear beneath the pickguard (pictured), indicating this instrument spent a period of its life without its guard. All components are original, with patents photographed. No structural repairs or cracks, Beimborn suggests peghead lacquer may have been touched-up and neck may have been professionally French polished at some point in this instrument's life. Includes original Gibson fitted hard case.
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