1927 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1929 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Factory Order number: 9288
Fern, dot at fifth fret. Clean early fern.
Master Model label, white binding
This is a great playing, powerful F-5 that should end your search for a "keeper" '20's F-5. A dark tobacco sunburst sets off the carved spruce top as well as the well flamed maple back, sides, and neck. It has the original pearl nut, bound tortoise shell and patent dated pickguard, gold plated engraved original tuners with mother of pearl buttons, and engraved tailpiece as well as a bound ebony fretboard and adjustable bridge. Master model label with serial number 84468 and stamped factory order number 9288. Original rectangular green lined HSC
1927, EXC, refretted by Gruhn Guitars, exceptionally powerful sound, moderate finish checking on back, rectangular OHC with formfit interior and green plush lining