Converted by Steve Gilchrist in 1996 from a 1920 F-4. Exceptionally beautifull, with a warm, loud full tone that compares favorably with many of Steve's Model 5's. Here's a note from Steve:
"A 1996 conversion of a 1920 F-4 to an F-5. Gilchrist says, I converted this mandolin from an F4 to an F5?circa 1996. The F4 was presented for restoration after being poorly repaired and previously refinished in nitrocellulose lacquer and rebound with oversized white binding sometime in the past, possibly at the Gibson factory in the 1950's.
The work I did involved:
- New soundbourd - Engelmann spruce, X braced.
- Extending the mahogany neck to a 15 fret F-5 length.
- Re-using the original headstock veneer/inlays and tuners.
- New 29 fret fingerboard and extension support.
- Rebound body in ivoroid, including inlaying maple strip on sides due to previous oversized binding routing.
-Made and hand-engraved new nickel tailpiece cover - 1920 style.
- Water stain and spirit varnish finish - keeping original back stain."