Hi there, hoping for some input on ID'ing this instrument. I really don't know any of the history except a vague rumor it might have been some sort of reproduction or copy.
I don't see any obvious labels and when I brought it to my local acoustic music shop they couldn't offer anything definitive. There's only one number I can see on the back of the headstock in the pic.
It does have some significant damage to the neck and will have to be reset to get it in playable condition.
If it is in fact a Gibson F5 of some era, I'll be very excited to get it repaired!
Gibson did make some mandolins that looked like this, I have not been around enough of them to recognize them when I see them.
It looks like a nice mandolin, but I don't think it was made by Gibson. The serial number does not match any Gibson pattern, and the various inlays/logo do not match any era. So enjoy it for what it is.
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