Gibson F-4 Mandolin

Gibson F-4 Mandolin

Heather asks:

What can you tell me about this Gibson Mandolin?

AW says: From the pictures and phone conversation we had, it’s appears that this is in very good, original condition.  The serial # on the inside, indicates it was made between 1912 and 1917.

You’ve indicated that there were to structure cracks, and that a small bit of Purfling is missing around the edge. I see where it’s lifted a bit as well.

This beautiful instrument was made at a time in the US when quality of craftsmanship was as important as it’s ever been. Everything from the details on the headstock, to the engraving on the tuning pegs, was given great attention to detail.

The pride of owning something like this came with the responsibility to taking very good care of it, and it has been well cared for.

Retail value: $8,200

Wholesale value : $6,500