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Gibson Original Announces the Limited Edition Gibson Victorian F-Style Mandolin

By Caroline Galloway - Gibson
May 8, 2008 - 11:50 am

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Nashville, Tenn. —Gibson Original, known for manufacturing the world's best mandolins, banjos and dobros, announced the introduction of the Limited Edition Gibson Victorian F-style Mandolin with only 15 available in the world.

The Gibson Victorian Mandolin has each of the time-proven features that mandolin players demand while combining the best attributes of the F5 and the F4 mandolin. It is constructed of figured maple back, sides and neck, and a red spruce top with f-holes, all held together with a hot hide glue. As a special touch, the limited edition instruments are made with a one-piece figured maple back, stunningly accentuated in an early teens Victorian Era Red Sunburst finish.

The peghead face features a Gibson "double flower pot" inlay used for the first time since the pre-truss era ended. The beautifully figured F5-length neck is topped by an ebony fingerboard with a subtle radius that finishes over the body with an F4-style fingerboard end. Other features include a period correct black face top, F4-style pickguard and side clamp, and nickel-plated Waverly arrow point tuners with ivoroid buttons.

The fingerboard body, and f-holes are also gracefully adorned with ivoroid binding. In keeping with the patina of these original models, the Gibson Victorian F-Style Mandolin comes with an aged varnish finish and soul stirring tone.

The limited edition model is a result of a decade of innovation and craftsmanship and can only be owned by 15 fortunate players. Gibson will only produce 15 of these models. Each instrument will come with complete with a hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.

The Limited Edition Gibson Victorian F-Style Mandolin specs include:

Body: Top Red Spruce
Back: 1-piece Figured Maple
Rim: Figured Maple
Soundhole: Ivoroid
Bound F-holes
Bracing: Tone Bars
Species: Figured Maple

Neck: Profile is Rounded V
Neck Joint: Radiused Dovetail
Neck Joint location is 15th Fret
Peghead inlay: Double Flower Pot
Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
Truss Rod: Single Action
Truss Rod cover: Gibson Bell Shaped

Fingerboard Species: Ebony
Scale length: 13 29/32"
Number of frets: 24
Inlay: Pearl Dots
Binding: Ivoroid
Fingerboard extension: Victorian F4 Style
Nut: Pearl/Fossil Ivory
Nut Width: 1 3/16"

Bridge: 2 foot adjustable ebony
Tailpiece/Cover: Nickel
Tuning Keys: Nickel Waverlys
Pickguard: Victorian Style Elevated Tortoisoid

Finish is Traditional Victorian F Model Black Top/Red Burst Back with an aged oil varnish overcoat and French polish.

The model comes with Gibson Medium Gauge strings and a Vintage oblong hardshell case.

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson's HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar and the Gibson Robot Guitar represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years.

Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer.

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