|Comments||Orville Gibson basically invented the modern mandolin around 1895, combining the basic stringing and tuning layout with violin-type construction technology. To this point, the mandolin was usually a bowl-backed instrument, though some related flat-backed instruments such as the cittern had existed for some centuries.
Orville Gibson’s instruments were breakthroughs – they significantly increased volume and projection, and this catapulted the mandolin out of the ‘ethnic’ music genres into wholly new American music styles, including what became Bluegrass and Country.
This 1919 Gibson F2 Mandolin is in excellent condition, structurally, visually and playably. It’s got a great tone, very sweet and bright without harshness yet full, and plays well up and down the neck.
|Serial Number||18501, built during 1919 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.|
|Pricing||$3,999.00 CAD with original case. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with bound ebony fingerboard. Mother of pearl dot position markers.|
|Frets||Narrow frets with minor wear.|
|Body||Classic, original F2 style body, with carved spruce top, maple sides, and carved maple back.|
|Finish||Original nitrocellulose lacquer finish, black on top and a mahogany stain on the back, sides and neck.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original hardware, engraved and inlaid tuning gears, nickel plated tailpiece, ebony bridge, faux tortoise pickguard.|
|Playability/Action||Plays very well, and has a wonderfully sweet, bright tone.|
|Case||Original case included.|
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