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neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:35pm
Just thought I'd post some photo's of Howie's mandolin. Howie was the brother of my friend Craig, the bass player and a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, , ex boyfriend of Carlene Carter, producer for John Prine, Carlene, and probably some more folks.

He passed away in 2003.

When Craig went to get Howie's "stuff", guitars, etc..he found this in with it, had it appraised and told me he had it appraised for 2000 as a "20's Gibson F". Hearing his description of it prompted me to drag him to the storage and look again, as he described an F5, not an F2 or 4

Sorry about the poor photos, should have set them up better, oh well.

neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:37pm
Having problems posting photos.

neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:49pm
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neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:49pm
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neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:54pm
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neal
Jul-03-2005, 1:56pm
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neal
Jul-03-2005, 2:01pm
not having played one of these, but always admiring them, I found it to play and sound like a dream, and encouraged Craig to keep it. The serial # was a little hard to read, but the order # was stamped faintly, so we made that out, looks like it's already in the archives. When appraise by a local guy, he said the neck had a repair, but I can't see it. Of course, 20's Gibson F is sort of vague anyway, and 2 G's is a bit light, don't you think?

danb
Jul-03-2005, 2:59pm
Hmm. Maybe 1916/1917? The bridge is fixed.. the green case is about right for 1920 or even later.. the tuning pegs look pre-1918. I'd guesstimate it more like $3600

What's the serial/stamp? I could narrow it down more from that

neal
Jul-03-2005, 5:43pm
Oh, it's 1917, I wrote the stuff down, it was in the archives, the stamp was the confirmation, as it could be read a little easier. I had a conversation with Frank Ford, as the photo in the archive came from him, and he gave a little info, but couldn't remember this particular one crossing his path.

I have since misplaced the serial.

Bob DeVellis
Jul-04-2005, 3:05pm
I was just playing my 1917 F4 that looks like this one's brother. Wonderful instruments. This is a case where escalating prices makes good sense to me, given the quality and great tone of these late teens F's.