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1918 Gibson F4 Mandolin #42254


1918 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1917 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 42254
Factory order number unknown


This top-of-the-line in its time high falutin model has three repaired top cracks, one from the main scroll down 1", another from the bottom point up, ¾", one from an inch left of the top scroll downward around 4". It has a one-piece back that has a very small crack at bottom side, is missing its pickguard, has a replaced black tailpin with pearl dot, has a one-piece ebony bridge (that appears original), and the wonderful Handel inlaid tuners. The neck has a slight bow but the good news is that it overall shows not a lot of wear. Being an F-4 it has the fancy double flowerpot peghead inlay.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Red Sunburst
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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