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NMM 6086.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1924.
Style K-4, Artist's Model.   Serial number 76996.
Ex colls.:  Neal Penner, Enid, Oklahoma; Pete Wagener, Savage, Minnesota.
Board of Trustees, 1997.

NMM 6086.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1924

The Style K-4 was introduced in 1912 to match the styling of Gibson's scroll bodied Style F-4 mandolin and Style H-4 mandola. In the 1917 Gibson catalog, this "Baritone Voice of the Mandolin Choir" sold for $221.63, more than double the price of the K-2 at $88.65.

NMM 6086 once belonged to Neal Penner (born ca. 1905), a former Gibson representative in Enid, Oklahoma, who sold it in 1980 to Pete Wagener, along with NMM 6070, a 1914 Style F-5 mandolin, and NMM 6085, a 1914 Style K-2 mando-cello.


Front, Back, and Side Views

NMM 6086.  Mando-cello by Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, Kalamazoo, 1924 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



Virzi Tone Producer Label inside Mando-Cello

Virzi Tone Producer 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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