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Gibson F5 Mandolin #81250


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1927 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 81250
Factory Order number: 11985


Gold, ivoroid bound, flowerpot. Supposed to be approximately January 4th 1925 by Julius Bellson

at one time, this was Charlie Derrington's F5, and was loaned to Bill Monroe while Charlie worked on repairing Bill's vandalized mandolins.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Played by a well-known musician
  • Unsigned Loar- an instrument likely constructed during the loar period based on FON


From Darryl Wolfe.
Darryl Wolfe's F5 Journal is the authoritative work on the subject of Loar-signed and later Gibson mandolins

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