2001 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 10712010) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Built on the same line side by side with Gibsons, the difference between Gibson and Flatiron is the Flatiron Artist has a different peghead name and finish color, X top bracing and a radiused fretboard with the larger frets. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with a spectacular piece of highly quilted maple in the back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, side bound like Bills mandolin, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, gold hardware, bound peghead, and a radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut. Original from Gibson with the larger guitar frets for easier playing. Great playing mandolin that shows no playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, very strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Fitted with an internal K&K pickup and an endpin jack. Just listen to this video clip of this mandolin as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. This mandolin has an early Nashville label and was built in the Derrington era. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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