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1955 Gibson F-12 Mandolin

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For over 100 years, the Gibson F style mandolin has been the esthetic and tonal leader of the mandolin world since Orville designed his first "Florentine" styled mandolin. Since 1922 the F-5 has been the top-of-the-line model and in1955 the F-12 was basically the same instrument with less fancy appointments. 

This F-12 has a spruce top with "f' holes, superbly flamed maple back & sides with a long-scale neck and elevated fingerboard. The pick guard is of the correct period, but was originally from a ‘50s EM-200. This example is in very excellent condition, with frets that have plenty of playing left on them, and a few 'honesty' marks in a couple of places, but devoid of large scratches and cracks. The peg head scroll has seen a repair long ago, but it has remained stable for many years.

Now well over 60 years old, this is a terrific instrument for the bluegrass, classical, jazz or pop musician. Clean, clear tone, lots of bark and set up to play smoothly, stk#VGM8055

$3,800.00  In original hard case.

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