While it looks like an old-time F-4, this is from the "truss rod & narrower neck" era so it plays like a contemporary mandolin. The bargain price is because the original finish has been oversprayed (but the original coloring preserved) and the tuners were replaced with later metal-button Waverlys as seen on later F-7 models. Original tailpiece and nice original hardshell case. Bridge is the correct style for an F-4 from this period but the bridge is not original (an older bridge that cracked is in the case) It has been refretted, at Gryphon in 2015,but with the original style narrow frets. No cracks or structural issues, but note the extra little holes in the side from two different pickguard support brackets. A great sounding and playing F model with the figured maple and artful sunburst coloring that makes fans of early Gibsons get all goose-bumpy (that includes us, of course).

stock no. 56838

ModelF-4 Mandolin
TopCarved spruce
Back and sidescarved Maple back, solid sides
Frets to body11
Nut width1 1/16"
Scale length13 7/8"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
Neck profilerounded V
Electronicsnone
Total frets24
Tuners1930s Waverly
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No88039
Bindingivoroid