1916 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1915 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory order number unknown
Excellent condition. The F-4 was the top of the line mandolin for Gibson in 1917. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, one piece back, Handel inlaid tuners (last year for these), pearl double flowerpot logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. The hardware is original and the finish looks original. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Nice F-4's are getting harder to find in decent condition, and prices are continuing to rise every year. Comes with the original hardshell case.