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Gibson F4 Mandolin #12853


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1911 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 12853
Factory order number unknown


Natural or "blonde" finish. Double flowerpot inlay, handel inlaid tuners. Spectacular flamed maple back & sides with a vertical "football" shaped sunburst. The top finish color is well worn, likely original or at least a very old customization. One repaired top crack starting at lower treble point.


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  • Maple back
  • Blonde or Natural finish
  • Unusual instrument


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