Here’s a top-of the-line Gibson mandolin from the Golden Age of American luthiery! This beautiful "Fern" F-5 left the factory in 1928 and features many of the innovations that Lloyd Loar brought to Gibson. This previously undocumented example (#83806) has the powerful tone bar bracing, longer neck, truss rod, elevated fingerboard and comes from the same batch (FON #9140) as the iconic mandolins played by Bobby Osborne and Dean Webb (Dillards).
All the legendary appointments are here — the carved curly maple back & sides, spruce top and ebony fretboard, f-holes, Cremona finish, gold plated hardware and the ‘piece-de-resistance’ abalone and pearl “fern” peg head inlay. This 94-year old jewell is in remarkably clean original condition — crack-free and showing minimal fret-wear and honest play-wear. This beauty is ready to play and fulfill all your mandolin dreams.
Included is the original hard shell oblong case, missing the handle.
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