Gibson F4 Mandolin #68277
manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory order number unknown
Early Truss rod through older style Double Flowerpot Peghead. Maple back and sides, Green-lined OHSC. Circa 1924, Refinished and Refitted, presumably by Gibson, with Loar Style gold F-5, "Right-side-up" tuners, Tailpiece and Pickguard Mount. Original Greek owners initials on gold truss rod cover. Sat in a closet from before WW II, until 1988. I had Frank Ford swap back to the original, nickel, "upside-down" tuners, (though not original to this instrument).
From Roy Anderson
Categories this instrument is a member of
- Maple back
- Truss rod
- Nickel silver truss rod cover
From Gryphon Strings.
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