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Gibson F-5G Mandolin

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Even with its simple appointments, the Gibson F-5G Mandolin is one gorgeous instrument. The bound scroll work meets Gibson's toughest standards, the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Same brilliant luthiery and design as the F-5L with fewer frills for less cash.

Even with its simple appointments, the Gibson F-5G Mandolin is one gorgeous instrument. The bound scroll work meets Gibson's toughest standards, the same standards used on the F-5L with top-grade materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Carved spruce top and solid maple back and sides, extended ebony fretboard, and tuned parallel tone bar produce unsurpassed tone.

Carved solid spruce top
Carved solid maple back and sides
Extended ebony fretboard
Tuned parallel tone bar
Lacquer finish
Flowerpot headstock inlay
Triple top binding
Nickel-plated hardware

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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Belle of the Ball

By Tlaw

from Gulf Coast

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Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

Gibson "Bell-Like" tone, ease of playability, quality construction, REPUTATION, Made in U.S.A. It's not a "Wanna-be" anything....there's a reason that other makers copy the Gibson shape and feel. If you want the real thing, then start with the real thing. Granted, there are many makers out there, but secretly they all wanna be Gibson's. A number of craftsman who worked for Gibson at one time or another started their own line of instruments, and many are very good......For example, I'd love to own a Lynn Dudenbostel F5, but don't have the money for it or for that matter a Gilchrist, Nuggett, Monteleone, Heiden, Ellis, Givens, Brentrop, Davis, High-end Weber, etc, etc....and the list goes on and on regarding very good quality instruments.
Mine is a 2003....Even with the flat fretboard it plays exceptionally well. My Collings MF has a radius fretboard and plays easier, but doesn't have that "bell-like" tone the Gibson's have. There are some F5G's out there now that do have a radius fretboard (I think) and some have a wider neck at the nut. I play this one so much that I've worn the nitrocellulose finish off parts of the neck......I didn't like the the vintage frets so I had my Luthier install .080" frets....that was a very much noticed improvement in playing ease. Gibson may have addressed this from customer comments, but I'm not certain. My F5M (Master model) has a slightly better neck angle, but my F5G isn't that bad. Fit and Finish is very good. Prices have gone up since I bought mine in 2003. It's still a good investment though and one that will give great joy to it's owner. If something catastrophic were to happen to it I would certainly miss it and hunt for another. All mandolins by the same maker are not created or sound equal, so if you're looking for one, then by all means, play several before you decide on the one to purchase. Gibson's are pretty consistent with regards to tone quality and they project well. I would have rated it a 10 if it weren't for the fact that it lacks the cosmetic appointments of the Fern model (F5L). If you buy one, then play it regularly to break it in and open up the sound......mine took almost a year to "open-up". I generally use D'Addario EXP-74 (.011 - .040) or the J73 (.010 - .038) strings. The lighter guage strings are great until you build up finger strength, then let her "rip" with the medium gauge strings.
Read the description above....Gibson's are the "real deal" and Made in the U.S.A. Read up on Gibson mandolin history, Orville Gibson, Lloyd Loar and or Charlie Derrington. There's a reason why Gibson's are considered by many as a "bench-mark" and not just some made up contrived fantasy. If you think you can get by with an imported mandolin, well, perhaps you can, but you won't sound as good to others as you think you do. Stay away from steam pressed tops and backs....they won't be long for this world, you want carved tops and backs (Gibson employs graduated tops which accounts for their "bell-like tonal quality), stay away from laminated instruments (nothing more than playwood) and you'll sound like it too. Stay away from polyester resin coatings, this will constrain any sound quality and resonance the instrument may possess. Nitrocellulose or varnished finishes are the way to go for acoustic instruments.
Good Value considering you're gonna pay more for a professional grade instrument. It's not made in China and no laminate woods are used. The F5G is constructed of solid woods of good selection quality (not the top grade select woods, but better than average)

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Just in the mood for a little mando?

By Jacob Hawkins

from Granville, OH

Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

This mandolin is the same as the Fern, for around 3 grand less. It doesn't have all the fancy visual extras the Fern has, but if you want a killer sounding mando, this really is hard to beat. I have played several high-end mandos, including the various Gibby models, and keep coming back the F5-G. Of course, I would not recommend getting a new one. There are great deals to be found all over the net. Good luck!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


oh my god

By d.j.f

from west virginia

Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

This is awesome I love it is the best sounding mandolin I ever played and if you don?t like this one I would suggest the gold rush.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Lives up to expectations

By Seldom Heard

from Plano, Texas

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Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

Excellent mandolin.
Features, what is there to say? A little less ornate than some of the more expensive models, but, it has everything it should have
I noticed that under the extended fretboard, it doesn't appear to be polished. Maybe that is the way it is supposed to look.
Worth the money!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Really glad I got a Gibson

By Riffjiff

from Springfield MO

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      Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

      I was out to buy a master grade instrument not intending to buy a Gibson. Seeing was believing, Morgan Music had several modals, an F5L, a Sam bush modal, and a Bill Monroe...My F5G sounded as good if not better than them all. Gibson is back to making them like they used too, and I'm not just saying that because I bought Glad I bought a Gibson when I did..........

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Just like New

      By Barry

      from Alabama

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      Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

      The listing said blemished but, I couldn't see any scratches at all

      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      gotta have 1

      By gibsongetter

      from west virginia

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      Comments about Gibson F-5G Mandolin:

      I want one so bad! My friend has one I played it if you want a good instrument that will last get one.

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