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1917 Gibson F4 Mandolin #32618


1917 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1915 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 32618
Factory order number unknown


From John at McCabe's Guitar Shop:

The instrument belonged to Ed Ball who played it in the Fort Wayne Mandolin Orchestra. Ed told Vic he had ordered it in 1914, but by the serial number it is clearly 1917. The shaped case is right-handed with the pick compartment removed so that the mandolin fits upside-down. The "The Gibson" is at the same angle and relationship to the flowerpot as on a right hand F4, rather than re-angling it to reflect left-handedness. It's been a great Show and Tell item.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • Left-handed instrument
  • Unusual instrument


From Dan Beimborn.
Dan Beimborn is the designer and operator of the Mandolin Archive. Descriptions and photographs are copyright Dan Beimborn unless otherwise indicated, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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