1919 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1919 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 1919. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, two piece back, 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. Missing the pickguard. This mandolin was bought from Doyle Curtsinger of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos who owned it for 50 years. It was used on the recording of â€œThe Legend of Bonnie and Clydeâ€ that appears on the album â€œThe Songs of Merle Haggard played by the Buckaroosâ€. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear.. Comes with the original hardshell case with replaced handle.
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