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NMM 6085.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1914.
Style K-2.  Serial number 17984.
Ex colls.:  Neal Penner, Enid, Oklahoma; Pete Wagener, Savage, Minnesota;
Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet, Minneapolis.
Board of Trustees, 1997.

NMM 6085.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1914

The mando-cello is a baritone mandolin with the same tuning as a violoncello and was created to fill out the range of the mandolin orchestras that were popular early in the twentieth century. The Style K-2 was one of the initial models offered by the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, when it was formed in 1902. The Style K-2 had the same design and features as the top-of-the-line, pear-shaped Style A-4 mandolin and Style H-2 mandola. It was discontinued in 1922, as the popularity of mandolin orchestras began to fade and players switched to banjos and guitars.


Front, Back, and Side Views

NMM 6085.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1914 Treble side of Gibson mando-cello Bass side of Gibson mando-cello Back of Gibson mando-cello


Front and Back of Body

Front of body of Gibson mando-cello Back of body of Gibson mando-cello


Views of Fretboard and Peghead

Fretboard Front of peghead Back of peghead


Neck Heel

Neck heel


Tailpiece and Soundhole

Tailpiece
Soundhole

Click on soundhole image above to see image of label



Pickguard

Pickguard and Pickguard Support
Note July 4, 1911 Patent Date



Pickguard support


Bridge and Lower End of Mando-Cello

Bridge

Bottom of mando-cello

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