1968 Gibson F12 Mandolin
(Serial No. 896437) Excellent plus condition, sunburst finish. Here's something you don't see often - a late 60s Gibson mandolin that sounds great! The late 1960s were the beginning of Gibsons "dark period" and quality control was very erratic. Occasionally a really good instrument was made - this is one of those. The F5 of this period had a bright cherry sunburst with big block fingerboard inlays, gold hardware, and multiple body binding - a very flashy instrument. This mandolin has a more traditional appearance. The F12 was intended to be the plainer version of the F5, but this one is still the classic Gibson scroll mandolin. It has all the good stuff - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, slightly flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard with no treble extension as built, gold hardware, and the pearl Gibson logo. Action is great - easy and low. Original finish and hardware. Shows some expected finish checking and the usual small nicks and dings of mandolin used to make music for over 40 years. This mandolin has opened up nicely, with a great chop and bark. Original black rectangular hardshell case with the gold interior.
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