This F-4 was a fixture in the Berkeley folk music scene of the '60s and for many years after, and shows the effects of all those jam sessions and festivals. Along with the obvious pick and fingers wear to the top, it also suffered a headstock collision, and the curl was glued back slightly out of alignment (which can be seen when viewed from the side). The lower treble-side point is missing its ivoriod binding, and of course most of the varnish on the back of the neck was worn off decades ago. Yet this veteran has kept all its original parts, including the pearl nut, pickguard, bridge, tail-piece w/cover, and even the inlaid tuners. The lovely sunburst finish on the back and sides is in remarkably good shape, and the only crack in the ivoroid binding is from the headstock curl's damage. The neck is straight, at the ideal angle, and the original frets are all there but of course show quite a bit of wear, especially under the A strings. Original hardshell case with a replaced handle. Berkeley in the '60s and '70s, if this old mandolin could talk, oh my the tales it might tell.....and it still sounds excellent with plenty of volume and will outlast all of us.

stock no. 60198

ModelF-4 Sunburst Mandolin
TopAdirondack spruce
Back and sidescarved curly maple
Nut width1 3/16"
Scale length13 7/8"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard Materialebony
Neck materialmahogany
Tunersoriginal w/inlaid buttons
Total frets24
Bindingivoroid
Neck profileV
Electronicsnone
Finishvarnish
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No23615