Gibson (used, 1913) F2 Blackface Two Point Mandolin

Tag No 32-4409 Used
This item is NOW ON SALE!

#14611, in excellent minus condition, with newer hard shell case.

Before there were cherry red F-2 and F-4 mandolins with a light sunburst effect, there was the blackface models of the first and beginning of the second decade.  It is ironic that Gibson finished them in the “absence of color” color but the mandolins themselves, when played, reveal the full pallet of tonal color.  The F-2 and the F-4 were, at the time they were made, the top of the line mandolin models, the F-2 being slightly less fancy having a “The Gibson” script inlay but otherwise black headplate, black ebony fingerboard with 6 contrasting white pearl dots, ivoroid fingerboard and top binding and the maple on the back is just plain swirly and not at all curly.   It otherwise bears the F-4 accoutrements, the herringbone-split-by-celluloid oval soundhole rosette, the one-piece ebony bridge with the removable ebony compensated saddle, the bridge having a little hole in the lower treble foot to allow the pin from the end of the celluloid pickguard to poke though and anchor itself.  Speaking of the pickguard – when the mandolin arrived here it was showing signs of gassing out so we removed it and left it inside the case.  The nickel engraved “The Gibson” slide off tailpiece cover, the black and white Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company label (you’d be amazed at how many people ask us what a “Gibson mandolin-guitar” is), the two body points and large body scroll, with matching peghead points and scrolls, and best of all the lush, agreeable sound which lends itself to Celtic folksongs or old time music in any form (it was made for classical and semi-classical use and is great for that also).

This mandolin has been well taken care off for the last 102 years and shows very little wear.  There are no repaired cracks, the top shows excessively light signs of use or wear, the worst of it being an incipient crack (within the finish) in the crevice of the bottom point.  The sides show very few minor dings, marks and light scuffs.  The back of the neck shows discoloration from hand wear.  This is a handsome and well- cared for denizen from Gibson's most important era, namely the heyday of the Mandolin Era. It will serve a new player well, and should be good for another hundred years of happy playing.



Our SALE Price is $4,500.00.

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