1920 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1921 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory order number unknown
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 but its missing the pickguard. The finish is original but apparently someone tried to do some touch up work on the top, as the finish has bubbled a bit on the treble bout. It also looks like the top was either compounded or French polished, as the checking is not correct. However, the color is right. Binding is very yellowed. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and no major nicks or dings, but there is some shirt button wear in the middle of the back.