Gibson, F-5, Mandolin, 1923

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This particularly fine sounding F-5 ,serial number 71839, bears a Master Model label dated Jan. 5th, 1923 and is signed by Lloyd Loar. It has a “Cremona” brown sunburst varnish finish and a peghead with inlaid flowerpot. The nut width measures at 1-3/32″ and the scale length is 14″. There is a Virzi Tone Producter (Virzi number 10482) and it is original with the exception of new Waverly reproduction tuners in silver with pearl buttons. Comes in the original rectangular hard case and is in overall excellent condition. Provenance: owned since 1938 & played until recently by Ely Karasik, a member of various mandolin groups including the first mandolin chair of the American Mandolin Orchestra in New York (c.1950) and the Denver Mandolin Orchestra, & was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classical Mandolin Society.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 34 × 15 × 10 in

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Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax of 8%.  For shipments to other states we collect sales tax for instruments as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.

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Returns

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