Gibson (used, 1991) F5L "The Fern" Mandolin

Tag No 32-4424 Used

#11368089, in “excellent minus” condition, signed by Steve Carlson, with the original rectangular hard shell case.

This is the traditional top-of-the-regular-line Gibson F-5 mandolin, called a “Fern” because it has a huge complex fern inlay in colorful abalone on its scrolly, pointed headstock shaped overlay.  Said headstock is bound in grained ivoroid, black and ivoroid.  Said ‘stock proffers a “The Gibson” pearl inlaid script headstock logo. The headstock also welcomes the black, plastic, dignified bell-shaped truss rod cover. The top, back and fingerboard are bordered in ivoroid-black-ivoroid; and said fingerboard has a long cantilevered extension hosting 9 partial frets.  The bridge is ebony, carved, adjustable and two-piece; the tailpin is also ebony.  Tuners are high quality (possibly Schaller), gold-plated with pearloid buttons.  The slide-on tailpiece cover is plated in burnished gold, filigreed around its frontal border and etched “The Gibson” with a flourish above and below.   Its twin f-holes are traditional in shape and unbound.  The maple wood on the two-piece back and one-piece neck is flamed and figured, the neck being striped all the way across and the back being a combination of light and dark brown and sunburst orange.    The pickguard replicates the Loarian original, as true as you can do, being deliciously dark prewar style faux tortoise shell in color and bordered in crème-black-crème – and so is the accompanying thrice-bordered L-bracket, which is dark fake tortoise as well. 

There is not much on this instrument in terms of playing wear besides sparse amounts of finish checking, which is mostly on the top but can also be seen on the back.  When the mandolin arrived it had a moderate amount of fretwear which will be evened out after we perform a light fret dress.   On the point located at the bottom of the body there is what looks like a finish chip along the ivoroid binding.  The headstock shows signs of string changing (light scratches) and the back has various dings and marks around the edges.  The case is the original rectangular. 

Fine sound and exquisite detail; owning this mandolin will hopefully change the rest of its next owner’s lifestyle in a very good way.    Fulfill yourself completely with this bluegrass beauty for only: 

Our Price is $5,795.00.

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