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Gibson F2 Mandolin #8576


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1909 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F2
Serial 8576
Factory Order number: 881521


This black-topped three-point Orville-inspired mandolin (Mr. Ville stares out from the interior label) has the original flower-inlaid Handel tuners, as well as its original crown-shape tailpiece cover. The original frets are less worn than we would have thought. It is missing its pickguard, though, and you can see the pinholes where it rested on the side. The instrument features the shallow neck angle typical of its time period. Unfortunately it has a bowed neck and the action is, as a result, high. As a kite. It is well worn overall - some of which where who was colored in with Magic Marker in the area where the pickguard resides and in other places. It has a crème colored endpin, and a separation on the back of the neck that was filled and glued with something. Regrettably, there is nothing we can do about the neck being bowed. One could replace the fingerboard but that's not something we can do, entirely too time consuming and expensive. So enjoy it for its beauty, its stately pomp and regal being. If its cousin was good enough to have been played by David Grisman’s famous cemetery angel this pointy pal may be every bit as good for you to want to own


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Black finish
  • Orville Gibson Label
  • Pineapple-shaped tailpiece cover
  • Handel inlaid tuners


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