Gibson F5 "Blondie" (2004)


This 2004 Gibson F5 (nicknamed "Blondie" by those who've come to know it) is an extremely rare & collectible Master Model. It's the last Gibson mandolin signed by Charlie Derrington, and the only X-braced Master Model in existence. The blonde finish was chosen to highlight the spectacularly figured one-piece Eastern Maple back; and the tortoise binding really sets it off. It has been played extensively, but remains in overall excellent condition with no major blemishes or structural issues of any kind. The sound is big, dark and open, with noticeably better low-end power and responsiveness than a tone-bar braced mandolin. Priced with its original prototype Calton Case and "Case Notes" booklet documenting the list of celebrity players who've auditioned it. 

Expedited shipping only at online checkout. Please contact us for ground shipping options. On consignment.


Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • One piece Eastern Maple back
  • Red Spruce top
  • Varnish finish
  • "Fern" headstock inlay
  • Tortoise bindings
  • Custom truss rod cover and engraved tailpiece
  • Cumberland Acoustics pickguard 
  • 1 1/8" nut width
  • Prototype Calton Case (rectangular)
  • Serial No. V70781

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Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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