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1905 Gibson F4 Mandolin #5713


1905 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1906 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 5713
Factory Order number: 283


"Order No 283" on the neck block

A spectacular example of Gibson's earlier design. Tailpiece cover and tuning plates appear to be left unplated brass. Missing bass-side point protector. Off the scale on wow.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • Single piece back
  • Red-lined hardshell case
  • Superb condition
  • 3-point body style
  • From the Collection of Dave Reiner
  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Inlay has star & crescent moon motif
  • Torch & Wire Inlay
  • Elaborate vine/tree of life inlay on fingerboard
  • Unusual inlay
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Inlaid pickguard
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover
  • Handel inlaid tuners
  • Unusual instrument


From Elderly Instruments.
Stan Werbin is the owner of Elderly Instruments, which has a large rotating inventory of beautiful vintage instruments. Stan has been an authority for years on vintage mandolins

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