At the turn of the 20th century, Orville Gibson of Kalamazoo Michigan, took the mandolin and reinvented it. Prior to this point the standard mandolin had a bowl shaped back. This was referred to as the Neapolitan Style. Orville created two new basic styles of mandolins, the “A” and the “F”. These have become the standard styles of today’s mandolins.
Inspired by the construction of violins, Orville used a carved back and a carved top in an arched shape. A few years later, when the Gibson Company was formed, the “A” and “F” paired with a number indicated the quality of materials and ornamentation. The models ranged from the basic “A” and “F” to the highest end, most ornate “A4” and “F4”.
Gibson F-style Mandolins stand as some of the most important and iconic mandolins ever made. While those made after World War II are not nearly as highly regarded as those made in the ’20s and ’30s, higher-end Gibsons like the F-5G are still very sought-after instruments. Given contemporary demand for mandolins, these instruments are typically built in very limited production runs.
Even with its simple appointments, the Gibson Master Model F-5G Mandolin is one gorgeous instrument. The bound scroll work meets Gibson’s toughest standards, the same standards used on the F-5 with top-grade materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Carved spruce top and solid maple back and sides, extended ebony fretboard, and tuned parallel tone bar produce unsurpassed tone.
The stunning features of the F-5G include a Fern sunburst top, red mahogany stain finish on the back and sides and Ivoroid bound body.
It has a V-shaped maple neck with flamed figuring. Extended ebony fretboard with mother of pearl dot inlays & side-dots. Frets are in great shape with no wear showing. Scroll headstock with mother of pearl flowerpot & The Gibson inlays. Open-back strip tuners with pearloid buttons in perfect working condition. 1 1/16″ nut width; 14″ scale length.
F-style, scroll body with 3-ply top binding. Carved solid spruce top in sunburst finish with dual F-holes. Tuned parallel tone bar. Nickel tailpiece with engraved Gibson script. Compensated, height adjustable ebony bridge with floating base. Carved solid maple back & sides with gorgeous flame figuring. There is no pickup.
Weight is 2.25 lbs
This instrument is in excellent, virtually as new condition. It has been lightly played in a home environment and beautifully looked after by a fastidious owner. It plays easily and sounds fabulous.
Comes in its original black hard shell case. (The original price tag of $7999 is inside).