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1930 Gibson F2 Mandolin #91115


1930 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1934 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F2
Serial 91115
Factory order number unknown


This is really unusual: a truss rodded mandolin from the 1930s decade. It even has a Gibson repair receipt, dated 9/2/80 (Kalamazoo, MI), which states that Gibson installed a new bridge, new machine heads, a new fingerboard. They also reglued the back, repaired the back seam, repaired a crack off the bottom point, repaired a still-visible neck heel crack, repaired the headstock scroll, and completely refinished it in nitrocellulose in a brown sunburst. There is a pickguard, a one-time substitution, in the case. The replacement bridge is rosewood and not ebony (for some reason – perhaps the moon was in the wrong house). The Gibson pearl logo is straight across. It has a modern (1950s) Gibson slide-on tailpiece cover. Despite the changes, the makeovers, and the replacement (the workmanship is all very neat, which is a big plus), the body is true to tone – a fine sounding F-2, full of vim and vigor, bark and bite.


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  • Evidence of Later Gibson factory work
  • Has original sales receipt or contract


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