manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory Order number: 11544
Many unusual things about this instrument. Frank points out that treble body point resembles an earlier 3-point mandolin, and has an ivoroid point protector. The fingerboard also quite obviously is too long, suggesting a replaced neck, or maybe an F5-length board on a '20s neck? The peghead overlay looks like a double-flowerpot with a truss rod channel cut through it, so this mandolin certainly merits an "unusual" tag. Label reads "F4 Special"
Note from Dan: another unusual one with a long fingerboard extension is F4 #22712
Categories this instrument is a member of
- Green-lined hardshell case
- Cremona Brown (Loar style) finish
- Truss rod
- Unusual instrument
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