Gibson Mandolins - Models

 

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a5

A-5
The A-5 is modeled after a one-of-a-kind instrument made by Lloyd Loar, the Gibson acoustic engineer who designed the F-5.




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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a9 mandolinA-9
Gibson's Original Acoustic Instruments division brings the concept of the most affordable hand-crafted mandolin to its line of A-style mandolins with the new A-9 model.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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f5Distressed F-5 Master Model
Gibson F-5s from 1922-24 were designed, built, hand-tuned and signed by acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar and are considered to be the finest mandolins ever made. The new Distressed F-5 Master Model has an aged finish, complete with finish checks and playing wear, that makes it virtually indistinguishable from an original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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doyleDoyle Lawson Signature Model
Gibson mandolins have long been the choice of discerning players and artists. We are proud to announce the addition of another groundbreaking mandolin to our long line of artist endorsed instruments. The Doyle Lawson model mandolin is a product of collaboration between another contemporary master musician and our elite luthiers. The unique headstock inlay, custom fingerboard and subtle 'burst finish make this instrument distinctive and unique.

 

 

 

 

 

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f5mF-5 Master Model
A beautiful instrument; full, resonant, well-balanced tone; great carrying power. The F-5 Master Model embodies the utmost skill, craftsmanship, and technical knowledge of the world's greatest mandolin makers. Finished with an ultra-thin, hand-brushed varnish and hand-applied French polish, the Gibson F-5 Master Model is the ultimate in sound and beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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f5gF-5G
The F-5G offers the discriminating mandolinist all the quality of an F-5L -- top-grade materials, classic design and impeccable craftsmanship -- with less ornamentation for a more affordable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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goldrushF5-Goldrush
Gibson’s new F5-Goldrush features a beautiful golden amber finish on a AAA flamed maple back, sides, and neck, and spruce top. Trimmed with a detailed black-and-white binding that gracefully adorns the body and follows the length of the fingerboard, the stunning appearance of the Goldrush is matched only by its incredible tone. Tap-tuned for unparalleled response, with a brilliant and singing chop, the handcrafted Goldrush is bold enough to be heard over larger instruments and sweet enough to stand alone. The latest in the long line of classics from Gibson, the inventors of the F-style mandolin.

 

 

 

 

 

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fernF-5L "The Fern"
The F-5L, introduced in 1978, marked the beginning of a return to the specifications of Lloyd Loar's original F-5 Master Model mandolins of 1922-24. Today's F-5 sets the standard by which all other mandolins are judged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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f9F-9
The F-9's no-frills design gives it a sleek look that is unique among traditional mandolins, with black binding on the top of the body, no fingerboard inlay and a satin Vintage Brown finish. The F-9 has all the design features that give the F-5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid maple neck, sides and back, solid spruce top, and a hand-tuned tone chamber.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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skaggsRicky Skaggs Limited Edition Distressed Master Model
Gibson Originals is proud to present the Ricky Skaggs Limited Edition Distressed Master Model mandolin. The result of over a year of close development with the legendary musician, this signature model mandolin is closely based on Ricky’s 1923 Lloyd Loar F-5—an instrument revered for its tone and playability. The light Cremona Sunburst finish gracefully accents the premium, red spruce top and maple back and sides. With a tap-tuned top for crisp chops and articulate lines, exquisite binding and headstock inlay, and a comfortable “speedneck” profile—an exact replica of Ricky’s F-5—the Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model represents the finest in quality and craftsmanship.


 

 

 

 

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bushSam Bush Signature Model
Gibson mandolins have long been the choice of discerning players and artists. We are proud to announce the addition of another groundbreaking mandolin to our long line of artist endorsed instruments. The Sam Bush model mandolin is Gibson's latest mandolin development.