Not many years after they started producing the harp-guitar and eventually the guitar.By the 1920s, Gibson was producing mandolins, banjos, and guitars.
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I recently sold my Gibson A-1, serial number: 13766, that I had for some years. " According to AR Duchssor's "Guitar Identification: How to date the guitars made by Fender-Gibson-Gretsch-Martin", copyright 1983; US publication 1985.
Any idea of the year it was made--both my student who bought it and I would like to know the year it was built. So, it could be out of date, but should be right or at least close.
Hopefully, this will help you to determine to what extent the dealer is trying to sell the instrument at a level above what it may merit, and then you must use the market to help determine a price.
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He worked at several jobs and ended up at a restaurant in 1893.