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Gibson F4 Mandolin #5978


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1906 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 5978
Factory order number unknown


Serious factory rework

Photos from Tall Toad Music


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  • Evidence of Later Gibson factory work


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