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A staple 8-string in the Gibson arsenal makes a triumphant return.
The Gibson 75th Anniversary F-12 Mandolin holds true to its ancestors' heritage that dates back to the mid 1930s. Gibson attempted to reach a broader market of mandolin aficionados by introducing a series of instruments constructed with the tonal integrity of the vaunted Lloyd Loar F-5, but with slightly dressed-down cosmetics. Presented alongside the F-7 and F-10, the 1934 F-12 mandolin was the most fancy and would become one of the rarest mandolins in Gibson history. The carved solid spruce top and figured maple back and rims lent the F-12 a blend of cut and sweetness that could compete with any mandolin of the day, while its long-neck design offered supreme playability. Gibson now introduces the F-12 mandolin to honor the legacy of this original 1934 Gibson mandolin.
One of the first things you'll appreciate is the F-12's use of top-quality tonewoods. Its arched top is carved from select solid spruce, and its solid maple back and rims display beautiful figuring. Yet while it's definitely easy on your eyes, the F-12 mandolin is also quite appealing to your ears. Gibson's lauded tone-bar bracing contributes to superior punch, sweetness and sustain to your single-note runs, and outstanding clarity and definition whenever you play chords. An adjustable ebony bridge at one end and a genuine bone nut at the other helps everything you play ring like a bell, while gold-plated Grover tuners keep your tuning true.
While the F-12's aesthetics are traditionally more restrained than those of some of Gibson's more adorned mandolins, it is by no means austere, offering you a timeless elegance that's sure to be appreciated. In honor of the original model of the mid-1930s, the 75th Anniversary F-12 Mandolin maintains stunning period-correct details, such as a beautiful red mahogany finish, a mother-of-pearl urn inlay on the peghead that has been precisely cut to original specs, and Gibson's traditional leaves-and-flowers inlay cut from mother-of-pearl on the rosewood fingerboard. Single-ply white binding on the body top and back and the fingerboard further enhance this instrument's style.
You'll be thoroughly impressed by the Gibson mandolin's enhanced playability, and its ability to meet the discerning demands of the modern player. The mandolin's period-correct mahogany neck joins the body at the 15th fret, which gives you maximum accessibility of the upper-frets on the fingerboard extension. This constructional element also yields optimum bridge placement within the body, which ensures you get superior resonance and tone every time you pick it up and play. The tuning pegs have been drilled and splayed for superior performance, and the pickguard has been appropriately resized. Each 75th Anniversary F-12 Mandolin comes with a special Certificate of Authenticity and a Gibson hardshell case.
This gorgeous instrument embodies the grace of yesteryear, making it a special addition to any collection.