1987 Gibson F-5L
1987 Gibson F-5L
Sweet Instrument!

This mandolin, I'm told, was the 7th built after Gibson purchased the Flatiron company, s/n 7007088 and label signed by Steve Carlson on August 18, 1987.

Sitka Spruce top, curly maple back/sides/neck in a light, ice tea sunburst gloss lacquer finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Flat Ebony fretboard w/ scooped extension with faux frets and Mother-of-Pearl position dots. Gold hardware includes Schaller tuners w/ pearl knobs and engraved traditional tailpiece. Parallel tone bars and Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay round out the appointments.

Excellent tone; warm, woody and dry. Very good volume and big, beasty bluegrass chop. A well played, traditional sounding mandolin.

Excellent-plus condition overall. Does have maybe eight to ten small lacquer dings in the top, and perhaps a light scratch or three. Has a strap pin hole (yes, someone actually installed a strap pin on a scroll mandolin!) that has been filled. Currently has all original equipment with lone exception being frets which have been replaced with larger frets.

Includes original oblong case in decent, fully functional condition. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made Instrument.

Price: $4,999.95