Gibson 1917 F4 Mandolin #35616 - Used/Vintage  From Gibson Guitars

A wonderful and well-preserved piece of Gibson history!

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What We Think

A rare bird with a wonderfully unique song to sing.  Given the century this magnificent mandolin's been around for, the relatively small amount of repair and maintenance our luthier performed came as a surprise to us all.  The voice on this mandolin, however, is what really blew us away--woody and complex, with rich, toasty lows and singing, musical highs.  A piece of history with plenty more chapters to put down!

 

Condition: Used, Great - Two top cracks repaired, minor wear to treble side of neck, back seam has been reglued, wear, checking and scratching consistent with an instrument of this age

 

Gibson 1917 F4 Mandolin #35616 (Used) Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure Acoustics Specialist Sam Kelly tries out the century-old Gibson 1917 F4 Mandolin.

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Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

The home of Gibson electric guitars today is "Gibson USA," built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson's Les Paul guitars. Although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late '70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at Gibson. In response to a growing demand for vintage stylings, Gibson tapped its rich history and reissued the dot-neck version of the ES-335 in 1981 and the flametop sunburst Les Paul in 1982. At the same time, two legendary guitarists joined Gibson- B.B. King in 1980 with the Lucille model and Chet Atkins in 1982 with his new concept of a solidbody acoustic guitar.

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About Manufacturer

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

Specifications

1917

Serial Number: 35616

Carved Flame Maple Back, Maple Sides, Birch Neck

Ivoroid Body, Peghead and Fingerboard Binding

Bound Oval Soundhole

Celluloid Rosette

Rope Marquetry

All Original Frets

Mother of Pearl "Torch" w/ "The Gibson" Script Peghead Inlay

Handel Tuners w/ Pearl and Nickel-silver Flower Inlays

One-piece Ebony Bridge

Original Hardshell Case