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Gibson F-5L "The Fern" Mandolin (SN:70621011)


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You are looking at a Gibson F-5L "The Fern" Mandolin, serial number 70621011. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

Of course before the introduction of the electric guitar, Gibson specialized in crafting the highest quality mandolins – in fact, in the early 1900s before Orville Gibson passed away, Gibson Guitar Corp. was known as  the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. A year after Orville's death in 1918, master luthier and sound engineer Lloyd Loar was hired by the Gibson to design newer instruments for the company. Among several other contributions to the Gibson company, Loar was most widely known for his iconic design of the original F-5 mandolin in 1922 – one of the most well-known and highly-imitated mandolins even to this day. The introduction of the F-5L in 1978 sought to bring back this legendary mandolin in all of it's bluegrass glory, down to each and every specification, and today's F-5L "The Fern" seeks to do the same.

The F-style body of the F-5L "The Fern" is crafted from a spruce top with figured maple for the back and sides. The body is finished in vintage-style gloss lacquer Fern Burst and features classic unbound F-holes. The neck is carved from figured maple into a comfortable rounded V profile and is topped off with a bound ebony fingerboard. The headstock of this beauty sports the classic "The Gibson" script logo and an ornate Fern inlay.

The F-5L "The Fern" also boasts a set of Gold Grover tuning machines, an adjustable ebony bridge with a gold tailpiece/cover, and a bound tortoisoid pickguard. This Gibson F-5L "The Fern" comes with the full protection of a durable, hardshell mandolin case.

Get your Gibson F-5L "The Fern" Mandolin from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • F-Style Mandolin
  • Hardshell Case


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Number Of Frets 29
Scale Length 13-29/32"
Neck Type Compound Dovetail Joint
Nut Width 1-1/16"
Neck Wood Figured Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Body Wood Figured Maple
Top Solid Spruce
Bridge Type Adjustable Ebony
Tuning Machines Grover Open-Back
Other Features F-Style Body

Two Unbound F-Holes

Fern Burst Gloss Lacquer Finish

Tone Bar Bracing

Multi-ply Top Binding

Pearl Dot Fingerboard Inlays

Pearl Nut

15th Fret Joint Location

Single Action Truss Rod

Gibson Bell Shaped™ Truss Rod Cover

Gold Tailpiece and Tuners
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series Mandolin
Model F-5L "The Fern"
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.