1923 Gibson F-4 #71999, Factory Order #11763
1923 Gibson F-4 #71999, Factory Order Number 11763
Batch completed in latter part of 1922, mandolin shipped in January of 1923
Here is one just out of the woodwork, never before catalogued! And what a find it is! This completely original, one owner, Loar-era Gibson F-4 is in excellent condition! This mandolin is from a very early batch that exhibits the influence of the Lloyd Loar/Ted McHugh vision for the Gibson F-4. Keep in mind that, upon release, this model had been the top of the Gibson line until just a few months earlier when the F-5 was announced and was, at that time, still considered by many to be the finest mandolin ever built! Specifications include single flower pot abalone peghead inlay with "The Gibson" in mother-of-pearl (look at that peghead! It is so Loar!); three-piece neck (straight cut mahogany with ebony center splice); truss rod and adjustable bridge (we have added a reproduction saddle to ease this jewel into the 21st century; original saddle included in original case); ivoroid and wood sound-house rings; elevated pick guard with point and clamps; red mahogany sunburst with varnish finish; spruce top and beautiful book-matched slab-sawn back (has the appearance of some of the Cremona violins!) and original Geib and Sons case. This is not only a beauty, but it is without a doubt one of the best sounding F-4s we have ever had. It plays great and the sound is full, big and powerful with a bass as deep as a well! What a find! And even more impressive, here is your chance to own a Loar-era, Artist model instrument for less than $8000! Price: $7999!