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1915 Gibson F4 Mandolin #20817


1915 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1913 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 20817
Factory order number unknown


VG-EC, red sunburst carved spruce top and very nicely flamed maple sides and carved back, full double flowerpot headstock inlay, Handel inlaid tuners, tortoise plastic pickguard stamped "PAT. MAR. 30, '09", pearl nut, ivoroid-bound top, back, headstock, soundhole and ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, ebony bridge, "The Gibson" pearl headstock inlay and engraved tailpiece cover, appears all original, with OHSC (red lining)
Serial number appears with ? after it in original entry, but it appears in Frank Ford's list with this serial number, and also as an F4.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • Single piece back
  • Brown, red, orange sunburst
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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