1924 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1927 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory order number unknown
Excellent minus condition with minor repairs. This is one of the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson - a Loar era truss rod F4. The F-4 was the top of the line mandolin for Gibson. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, pearl single flowerpot logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension with truss rod, and original adjustable bridge. The action is good and the sound is excellent. BIG tone and volume! Nice woody sound from this mandolin with good bass. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Theres a repaired hairline separation of the center seam, the peghead looks to be oversprayed, and theres a curious pattern of nicks in the back. Finish and hardware look to be otherwise original. Comes with the original hardshell case.