Re: 1917 Gibson A
I have a '16A which plays like olive oil and sounds awesome. The price on yours is surprisingly good for Bernunzio, but I guess they have a sale going on. It could also have issues. Those pictures are inconclusive, but the top looks dicey. I'd ask for more specific images of the top and bridge area before purchasing if you can't try it out beforehand. If it is in good shape, my hunch is that you'll love it and your F dreams will subside.
If you want to chop get a mandolin. Here's a vintage 'whiteface' '92, I believe.
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