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1916 Gibson F4 Mandolin #30386


1916 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1915 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 30386
Factory order number unknown


VG-EC with repaired top cracks and 2 repaired side cracks near tailpiece, 2-point body, red sunburst finish, carved spruce top with ivoroid-bound oval soundhole, figured maple back and rims, mahogany neck, 24-fret ebony fingerboard, 1-3/16" nut width, ~13-7/8" scale, ebony bridge, nickel hardware, missing pickguard, "The Gibson" stamped tailpiece cover, ivoroid-bound body, fingerboard and headstock, pearl logo and double flowerpot headstock inlays, 4-on-a-plate tuners with Handel inlaid tuner buttons, fine sound, with OHSC (red lining), price reduced (SN:30386)


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  • Red-lined hardshell case
  • Red Sunburst
  • Handel inlaid tuners


From Elderly Instruments.
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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