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1903 Gibson F3 Mandolin #3196


1903 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1904 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F3
Serial 3196
Factory order number unknown


Very rare instrument, appears in the earliest Gibson catalog. The "rope binding" and pickguard inlay are the features to identify an F3


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • All-original parts
  • Rope Binding
  • 3-point body style
  • Black finish
  • Early "artist model" inlay
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover with hole
  • Handel inlaid tuners
  • Unusual instrument


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