Yesterday, Gibson officially announced the debut of their latest limited edition, vintage-styled instrument – the Victorian F-5 mandolin. Only 15 of these unique instruments will be made, which combine features and appointments from both the F-4 and F-5 models that revolutionized the mandolin world in the 1920s.
Each will be constructed of figured maple for the one piece back, sides and neck, with a red spruce top, all assembled with hide glue. The top will have bound F-holes finished with a black face and a dark red sunburst back, reminiscent of the mandolins made by Gibson in the nineteen-teens.
The fingerboard will be ebony with an F-5 scale and an F-4 extension. A double flowerpot inlay adorns the headstock which will also feature Waverly arrow-point tuners. The pickguard and clamp are styled like those on the vintage F-4s and the mandolin is protected with an aged varnish finish.
The Gibson Victorian F-Style Mandolin carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $17,777 with hardshell case, and orders must be placed through an authorized Gibson retailer.
More photos and additional details can be found on the Gibson Original Acoustic web site.