|Serial Number||398154, built in 1974 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.|
|Pricing||$1999 CND with case.|
|Neck||V-profile Maple neck with bound ebony board; script Gibson logo and flowerpot mother of pearl inlay on headstock.|
|Frets||30 frets! Take that, Yngwie! Some fret wear in lower positions.|
|Body||Curly maple back and sides, carved spruce top.|
|Finish||Original, yellowed lacquer tobacco sunburst finish.|
|Hardware/electronics||A Weber Brekke ebony bridge has been added. This adjustable bridge uses no metal in the vertical saddle supports; there are two setscrews for side-to-side placement but it’s all wood in the direction of energy transfer. There is some wear on the tailpiece cover plating. Original gold-plagted tuners with pearloid buttons.|
|Playability/Action||This mandolin plays very well and cleanly, and there’s lots of adjustment.|
|Comments||The F5 mandolin has been produced since the early 20th century and has been a popular instrument for many playing styles. This example is in great shape and has a wonderful patina that only age and use can bestow.|
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