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1920 Gibson F4 Mandolin #55631


1920 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1919 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 55631
Factory order number unknown


This 1920 Gibson F-4 sounds excellent, and has the most beautiful dark red sunburst finish you can imagine. There are very few modifications to this one, everything is original. Double flowerpot peghead, original tuners, non-adjustable bridge and tailpiece assembly. Original frets show very little wear, and it has excellent playability as far up as you want to go. There is noticable wear to the top, including the shadow of the original guard attachment and some discoloration in that vicinity that can be seen in the pictures (the pickguard is not available). The headstock scroll has a repaired crack, and the footprint of the bridge's original incorrect position is visable. The original hard case is included. Serial #55361 (shipped 1920), no FON visable.


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From The Music Emporium.
One of the country's oldest fretted instrument shops, The Music Emporium has its roots in the burgeoning Cambridge folk scene of the late 60's, when the vintage and fine acoustic instrument market had its first renaissance. For the over 40 years TME has seen thousands of instruments pass through its doors and has been privileged to both witness and influence the work of many of today's finest builders.

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