1997 Gilchrist F5-c Mandolin #97-383
Mandolin, Style F5-c
Exc.- cond. Ser.#97383 This is a great example the Gilchrist Classic model 5 with amber varnish finish, X bracing, and a gorgeous Engleman spruce top top. One-piece shell maple back with well flamed sides and neck. Black binding with white/black purfling on top, back, sides, and peghead. Custom black Gotah tuners and tailpiece. Tortoise shell style pickguard with traditional clamp as on the Gibsonís from the early years of the 20th century. Super well-balanced tone with a wonderful warm and powerful low end and sparkling highs. Great neck and action - a delight to play. Calton case (aqua exterior/red interior).
From Dexter Johnson.
Carmel Music Co. owner, Dexter Johnson, has been building, repairing, and restoring acoustic guitars and mandolins since 1969. You can hear one of his custom made guitars played by Jerry Garcia on the Acoustic Disc release Garcia/Grisman (track 9 - "Arabia"). He also worked extensively with his friend, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, on the Tone Poems 1, 2 and 3 discs setting up the vintage instruments for the recording sessions and co-writing the album notes with David.
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