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Gibson F5 Mandolin #97491


manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1942 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 97491
Factory Order number: 5020G


Fleur-De-Lis, near mint, small flaw in top, stamp no. 5020-G H.

DB: stamp reads "5020G" with an H in light red pencil after. Current owner purchased from a pawn shop in 1985. Finish scraped off the back of the neck, top had a small area of damage. Both issues repaired. Refreeted 2001, fingerboard extension scooped. Fleur-de-lis on peghead. Bridge wheels replaced with smaller ones. Replacement nut (original in case). Some original string packets in case


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  • Red-lined hardshell case


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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