The original Gibson F-12 mandolin was introduced in 1934 and only built for 3 years until being discontinued in 1937. The F-12 designation reappeared in 1949, but was an entirely different instrument. This mandolin is extremely rare, as perhaps only a few were manufactured. It was priced just under the top-of-the-line F-5.
This model featured a short, F-4 length neck, but has the same scale length as an F-5 which places the bridge somewhat closer to the tailpiece.
The fretboard and headsstock are both bound and feature fancy inlays identical to those found on the lesser-priced all black F-10. With a spruce top finished in a beautiful red/yellow sunburst, the F-12 had a figured maple back and sides, finished in dark maroon and a mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.
This instrument is in very clean original condition with replaced period correct nickel plated tuners and tailpiece. The only thing that prevents it from being "mint" is a hairline crack near the lower point, professionally repaired long ago and difficult to see, even in the photo provided. This does not present any structural problems whatsoever.
The tone is clear, bright and balanced and the instrument plays easily and is well suited for many styles.
$14,500.00* with original "red-line" hard case.
*Attention serious mandolin collectors — We also have listed a pre-war F-7 and a pre-war F-10 and we’re open to offers on the complete set of all three of these hardest to obtain Gibson mandolin models
note: Because of recent changes in shipping policies of the USPS, we can only ship within the U.S.