1936 Gibson F-7 # 92985.
This model was introduced in 1934, and soon after that Bill Monroe, a twenty-three-year-old firebrand stirring up national radio attention and depression era riches, walks into a music store and decides to upgrade to a mandolin identical to this one. On his F-7, Bill recorded the first Bluegrass instrumental, “Tennessee Blues” and invented Rock and Roll with “Honkey Tonk Swing.” Now, 80 years later, you have the same opportunity. This example is showroom clean, with only finish cracking consistent with it age keeping it from grading “mint”. Features include 2-point and scroll body with f-holes; spruce top, book-matched tiger-stripe maple back and sides, one-piece mahogany neck, single binding on top, back, fingerboard, peg head and pick guard. Elevated, square-end fingerboard with inlay similar to Nick Lucas guitar; fleur-de-lis & “Gibson” pearl peg head inlay, sunburst finish on top, dark brown on back; neck joins body at 12th fret. Sound: plenty of volume and projection, and surprisingly “woody” for this model. This is a rare chance to own a pre-war f-hole Gibson artist mandolin. $8500.00 Original pink lined case in very good condition. Please inquire for more photos and details.