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1906 Gibson F2 Mandolin #4976


1906 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1905 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F2
Serial 4976
Factory Order number: 2641


1906 Gibson F model mandolin with Orville Gibson label, number 4976. Early 3-point F style mandolin with beautifully ornamented fingerboard and Orville Gibson's portrait looking out from the soundhole. This mandolin is of great interest to historians and collectors as it is a rare remnant of the early period of the "Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA" and is historically important as the first scroll style instrument created from Orville's fertile imagination. Features include black finish spruce top with hand inlaid pickguard of tortoise shell and mother of pearl; burgundy back finish, mahogany stain on the neck. All appointments are original, including tuners, original bridge and "pineapple" style tailpiece. A big sound, one of the best sounding example of these early mandolins we have heard


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • 3-point body style
  • Black finish
  • Early "artist model" inlay
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Handel inlaid tuners


From Tony Williamson.
Tony Williamson founded Mandolin Central, which has now become an international resource of mandolin lore, vintage instruments and accessories

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