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Used Gibson A4 Used Gibson A4 1923, Lloyd Lore era, maple, spruce, ebony, Flure de lis in abalone on headstock, all original in good condition. Touch-up and some repair to the top, professionally done otherwise original finish with the normal amount of play wear on the neck and finish wear on the back, comes with a period correct pickguard and the original case in fair condition, and a newer hardshell case. Plays very well. Set-up beautifully.
Used Gibson F4 Used Gibson F4 1937, possibly maple back with birch sides, spruce top, rosewood fretboard and bridge, binding on top & back, fretboard, and sound hole. Tailpiece, pickguard and tuners appear to be original. Condition is very good: play wear on scroll and around pickguard and neck otherwise just light marks here and there in the usual areas. Light finish checks all over, typical for Gibson. Original finish. Stable crack that does not go all the way through on headstock scroll and a small check on the heal that does not go through. Set up is beautifully low. Sounds great. Comes with a newer hard case.
Used Gibson F-5 Used Gibson F-5 1939, serial #EA5190, this is a rare pre-WWII, post-Loar era, F-5 mandolin featuring two-piece figured maple back, sides, and neck, spruce top, tobacco burst finish, ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, and original adjustable bridge, rosewood headstock veneer with pearl fern and "The Gibson" script inlay, white-bound body, neck and headstock with thin black/white purfling on the body, original gold-plated tailpiece with engraved "The Gibson" script, possibly original gold tuning machines with mother-of- pearl buttons (one screw missing, but still works), and a replacement small-sized, white/black bound ebony pickguard mounted with the original bracket. Includes a black Calton flight case with plush red interior.

We don't know the mandolin's early history, but in the early 1970s, famed Nashville luthier Randy Wood replaced the original fingerboard (block inlay) and headstock veneer (a simple fleur-de-lis and "Gibson" logo inlays) with a new fingerboard featuring dot inlays and a headstock veneer with the "The Gibson" and the well-known fern inlay, famous from the early 1920s Loar-era F-5s. Randy Wood also modified the interior braces, replaced portions of binding, and refinished the top finish to the classic dark brownish-red Loar-style sunburst. This mandolin is in excellent condition and sounds and plays like a dream. Randy Wood craftsmanship and life-long knowledge of these instruments is legendary and makes him uniquely qualified to do such work on this instrument. The result of Wood's work is a striking vintage mandolin with the right looks and mysterious warm, weighty, powerful tone for which such Gibson mandolins are famous.