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1923 Gibson F2 Mandolin #7xxxx


1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F2
Serial 7xxxx
Factory Order number: 11811


VGC+ except one repaired top crack, Loar Era, red sunburst carved spruce top with oval soundhole, inlaid ivoroid and rope soundhole rosette, pearl "The Gibson" tailpiece, headstock inlay on an angle, adjustable truss rod, tortoise plastic pickguard stamped "PAT.MAR.30'09", ivoroid-bound top and fretboard, tortoise plastic bound back , 24 fret ebony fingerboard with with pearl dot inlays, 4-on-a-plate tuners with arrowhead plates and ivoroid buttons, ebony adjustable bridge (stamped "PAT'D JAN.18,21"), "The Gibson" very small repaired crack in peghead back veneer below tuners has been repaired, 14" scale, 1-3/32" nut width, 10" body width, 1-5/8" body depth, recent refret by our shop, with OHSC (green lining)

DB - The Mandolin Archive was quite smitten by this mandolin when it turned up on Elderly's page, and would like to add that it has wonderful tone like the loar period A's. The neck is also narrower (and longer, if memory serves) than a normal F2. Arrow-end tuners

Dan Beimborn


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Tortoise back binding
  • Green-lined hardshell case
  • Brown, red, orange sunburst
  • Truss rod
  • Arrow-end 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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