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    Very cool. That one must be very close in serial number to mine, also December 1980, but I have forgotten the code to decipher it. Its signed by Jerry Rowland, but not dated.
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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    I wish I could contact Dick Doan...
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    Got it Bill. Thanks so much!

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    Happy Birthday to my Gibson F-5L...39 years old!

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    My F5L celebrated on 12/4. Also 39.
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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    I see no one has brought up the poster boost Monroe as the "King of Bluegrass". A title he once used up until he was given his "Father of Bluegrass" title. After that Jimmy Martin used the King title in promos and records. This poster is dated much later as if to tell Jimmy Martin he is not the King and never was the King.

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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    I had a 1980 Gibson F5-L-don't remember who it was signed by but what I do know was that Dewey Farmer bought it new and was very disappointed with it so it had an internal re-grad by maybe "Ward Elliot-I don't remember as I've had way too many mandolins!" But it was Wayne Benson's after that for awhile and it went back home to Ken who worked with Roger Siminoff around 2007 when I sold it. I liked it and it wasn't too bad of an F-5! Another I should've maybe kept-but can't keep them all!

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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    I have an F-5L that was signed by Rich Brown on April 16, 81. I took a chance on it (Ebay) knowing it needed a little work. It came with a radius fingerboard that was installed by Randy Wood. I had my luthier refret it with EVO's that were a little smaller than the oversized ones that came with it. I have a later Fern that is nicer in terms of binding, fit and finish but the '81 has that something extra.

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Possibly as it matches the timeline, it looked like Rich to me but will look again.
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    Default Re: Dec 18, 1980 signed Gibson F-5L

    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Possibly as it matches the timeline, it looked like Rich to me but will look again.
    Here's a photo of the label, still looks like Rich to me. It could be that Rick Brown also went by Rich, it's seems unlikely that Gibson had Rick Brown & Rich Brown working there at the same time.
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