The Gibson A-50 is an unusual design. It has F holes and tone bar bracing like a Bluegrass instrument but the fingerboard is joined to the body on the top like the old oval hole mandolins. The result is a tone distinct from either of the Gibson patterns. It's bright and clear with a little bit of punch with a chop chord. This example was built in 1954 so it’s celebrating its 70th birthday this year. It's in fine structural and cosmetic condition with the usual finish checking of an instrument of this age. The original gears have been replaced with import tuning machines. Includes a recent vintage TKL hardshell case.