2006 Gibson A9 Master Model Mandolin with Satin Finish ID-5179
2006 Gibson A9 Master Model Mandolin with Satin Finish
The Gibson A9 is their minimally appointed A-Style mandolin featuring a satin sunburst finish, black top binding, nickel hardware, and no fretboard inlays. Don't let the modest features fool you, however... this is a true Gibson Master Model made in Nashville and features the same wood Gibson uses on their more appointed models.
This mandolin has the classic tone you expect from a Gibson, and with a satin finish, it is a bit more open and "woody" sounding than the traditional gloss finish. The chop is thick and loud, with plenty of punch to make sure your rhythm playing is heard. Volume is plentiful on this instrument and lead lines are strong and balanced up the fretboard with a pleasant, open high end.
This mandolin was recently setup and tweaked out by Gibson in Nashville. The frets were leveled and dressed. Intonation was adjusted and it now plays beautifully in tune. They were also able to bring out the flame on the back of the instrument, making it look much more exotic. Cork was added to the tailpiece cover to prevent buzzing. A strap button was also installed. The final cost of this work was $350.
There are a few finish scratches and small dents, visible in the detail photographs. There is a series of small dents on the back of the neck, visible in the detail photo. There is some slight binding separation that appears to be from the factory, these areas are viewable in the detail photos. Original soft-hard case included.
- Top: Spruce.
- Back and Sides: Maple.
- Tone Bar Bracing: Tuned Parallel.
- Ebony Fingerboard.
- Black Body and Fretboard Binding.
- Gibson Script Headstock Inlay.
- Satin Nickel Hardware.
- Unbound F-holes.
- Satin Lacquer Finish.
- Tuners: Nickel Grovers.
- Nickel Tailpiece Cover with "The Gibson" logo.
- Neck Profile: Rounded V
- Nut: Bone
- Nut Width: 1 1/16"
- Compound Dovetail Joint
- Joint Location: 15th Fret
- Truss Rod: Single Action
- Scale Length: 13 29/32"
- Frets: 20