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    Good afternoon I came across this mandolin at my fathers house. He said he purchased it from an old man for around $40 about 15 years ago. On the inside I can read the serial which is 75675 and the model which is F4. Someone told me it is well worth hundreds of times the amount he paid for it... He is looking to sell it but does not know what it is worth. Any advice?
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    Wow. Yea, way more than $40. That's a real beauty.


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    That's a 1924 Gibson F4 in what looks like remarkably good original condition. Prices peaked around $9500 a few years ago, but they are still fetching $7500-8000. We're a pretty friendly place here, I reckon you'll get a lot of offers if it's for sale !

    Mandolins from the Gibson company were made in that style from around 1911 to 1945. The ones from 1922-1924 are the most highly-sought, many innovations in the design came through at that time. They tend to sound wonderful, be quite easy to play, and really look the business.

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    Well, yeah... that is a nice one!

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    Wow that is definitely way more money than I though it would be worth. He is actively looking to sell. Will keep anyone who is interested posted on his asking price once I let him know the news. Thanks.

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    Ive heard those "from under the bed" stories.....never really seen one. Now I have. Great looking axe.

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    We love being the bearers of good news
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    As I choke on my lunch......
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    Now if only it had been a 1924 F-5 model....
    I had a friend who was the first guy I ever knew to build his own mandolin and knew the vintage market very well. He always said if he had run into that deal he would have countered with $30.

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    The only negative to the value I can see is what appears to be a couple screws in the pickguard?
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    Even the case looks minty...

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    Wow. As they say on Antiques Roadshow, don't clean or alter anything before you get this beauty checked out. The tail piece looks gold colored, but is probably tarnish on silver if original....leave it alone too. The end pin looks white and is likely not original. If you are in NYC, Mandolin Bros. on Staten Island would be a good place to do some show and telling. NFI.
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    I had a vintage A case like that once. Think I sold it for $275 or $300. Black Diamond strings! Love those dark tuner buttons. This mandolin is the bomb.

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    It's not the holy grail for mandolins, but it's his brother.
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    $40 in 1996 was a serious steel back then. I guess that the going price back then would have been about 80-100 times that.
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    What do you think Dan ?..."ohboy" may want to double check the serial #....#75675 seems to be taken in the Archive..
    "Signed by Lloyd Loar February 18, 1924 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
    1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
    Mandolin, Style F5
    Serial 75675
    Factory order number unknown
    there is no Virzi in this instrument"
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    ohboy..you may want to keep an eye on your inbox...just sayin.
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    I wish I could stumble on a deal like that, but people are too educated now. I would love to have an oval hole and can only dream about one like that.
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    Sweet F4 indeed. Interesting bit about the serial number.. but I suppose it probably was mis-read on the OP part.

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    My current MAS dream mandolin..... Sigh!!
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    As soon as I read $40, before I read the rest of the post, I thought, "Steal!"

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    ohboy114nyc,

    I've got $100 ... and tomorrow's my birthday ... so I think I can convince my wife ...
    and we can skip the 3 day ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    The only negative to the value I can see is what appears to be a couple screws in the pickguard?
    I saw what appears to be a screw(s) as well. I bought a Gibson A3 that is absolutely mint except for a couple of screws that someone put in the pickguard. I got a great deal on the mandolin and it has a great sound, but it does have two holes in the top!! How much does this affect the value? I am not sure, but it does affect the value. If the F4 does in fact have one or more screw holes in the top, I am sure there are some posters on this forum that can help you determine the impact on selling price. Tom Glen

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    We all dream of these finds,, and we all have the "why couldn't that happen to me"syndrome!

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    If the OP simple typed 75675 instead of 76575...the mandolin would fall into a batch of F4's with the same overlay and tuners
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