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This letter from Gibson was in a case with a F-2 I bought. When you compare the serial # of the Fern in the letter to the archive serial #s it just don't match. Big picture of letter from Gibson (http://www.stanleymandolin.com/page6.html)
neat letter chris, very cool.
so they DID have some accurate records after the famous gibson fire of the late 20's....dating the f-5 to the very day.
"When you compare the serial # of the Fern in the letter to the archive serial #s it just don't match."
Here (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?2714) tis...
In the letter 83660 is a 1928 and on the archive 85370 is a 1927.??? #
Stanley mandolins (http://www.stanleymandolin.com/)
Gruhn's serial number listings do say "approximate" last
numbers. Nobody has ever claimed they were "exact" last numbers. This letter would certaintly re-aligned the numbers to be more accurate and should be brought to Gruhn's attention. There have been other oddities in serial numbers between date made and date shipped. There were times when serial numbers would be 2 years off from the factory order number.
I do not know how Gruhn come into this. Gibs*n's website says 1927.
YEAR LAST #
Gruhn has the exact same listing of numbers.
So this list says it's Jan. '27 while the letter states late Aug. '28. That's a big difference of almost 20 months.
Is there anyone on the list with the moniker "Gibmandlin"? Maybe I should change mine to that, an historical reference if there ever was one . Big Joe? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Thanks Chris. Interesting to say the least.