2003 Gibson F9 Mandolin
(Serial No. 30530040) Excellent condition. Solid brown lacquer with a satin finish. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Definately has a slim Loar neck with a sharp V profile, the traditional flat unbound ebony fretboard, and the Loar style 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead and it has the Grover tuners. Body is top bound only in black and no pickguard, both as made by Gibson. Shows a little playing wear as this mandolin is loud with good tone. It will cut a banjo. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by luthier Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Excellent sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by Richie so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Comes with a upgraded Kona shaped hardshell case.

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