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1906 Gibson F4 Mandolin #5123


1906 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1906 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 5123
Factory Order number: 283


black face 3pt with Torch & wire inlay, tree of life on fingerboard, and star & crescent on inlaid pickguard. Gold hardware. "Order no 283" on neck block


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • 3-point body style
  • Black finish
  • Inlay has star & crescent moon motif
  • Torch & Wire Inlay
  • Elaborate vine/tree of life inlay on fingerboard
  • Unusual inlay
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover
  • Handel inlaid tuners


From Dexter Johnson.
Carmel Music Co. owner, Dexter Johnson, has been building, repairing, and restoring acoustic guitars and mandolins since 1969. You can hear one of his custom made guitars played by Jerry Garcia on the Acoustic Disc release Garcia/Grisman (track 9 - "Arabia"). He also worked extensively with his friend, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, on the Tone Poems 1, 2 and 3 discs setting up the vintage instruments for the recording sessions and co-writing the album notes with David.

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