1998 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 80814029) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Bought from the original owner. 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. These Flatirons were built side by side with Gibsons on the same bench at the same time. They differ from Gibsons in that they have radiused fretboards, larger frets and an x-braced top instead of tone bar bracing. X bracing gives a slightly more punch in the chop. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved spruce top with X bracing, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, bound peghead and bound elevated ebony radiused fingerboard, 1 1/8 inch nut, large frets, and gold hardware. Great playing mandolin that shows almost no signs of playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Very early Nashville label. Judging by the date and the sound, I think this mandolin was built in the Bozeman, Montana facility and shipped from Nashville. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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