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SOLD: 1993 Gibson F5 Monroe Limited Edition Number 64 of 200

 1993 Gibson F5 Monroe Limited Edition Number 64 of 200

Bill Monroe is often referred to as the "Father of bluegrass", with an ever evolving and inspiring career spanning over 60 years, he has had a tremendous impact on bluegrass and most country music we know today. A consummate performer, he was never seen with out his Gibson F5 on stage or off!

In 1938 Bill Monroe formed his famed bluegrass group named the Blue Grass Boys. Around this same time Bill acquired a 1923 Gibson F5 model "Lloyd Loar" mandolin. The Gibson "Lloyd Loar" would become his trademark instrument for the remainder of his career, as well as the inspiration for this Limited Edition F5 Monroe many years later. His original mandolin can be viewed not far from our shop at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.

Lloyd Loar was a Gibson sound engineer and master luthier in the early 20th century. Mr. Loar worked for Gibson from early 1919 to 1924, and in that short amount of time he contributed many significant innovations to the world of stringed instruments. One of the many innovations was the introduction of the F shaped holes in the Mandolin, borrowed from the violin family. His instruments were known for their incredible volume, clarity, and master craftsmanship. These instruments from this period are now recognized as some of the most valuable, significant instruments ever made.

This particular limited edition Gibson F5 Monroe was built in 1993, the same year Bill Monroe received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. There were only 200 Gibson F5 Monroes ever made, and you are looking at #64. Each Gibson F5 Monroe Label is hand signed by Bill Monroe as well as Steve Carlson, Founder of the Flatiron Mandolin Company and Head of Gibson's production after they purchased Flatiron and redesigned it as the Gibson Mandolin Company.

Featuring a tight grained Spruce top with gorgeous Flamed maple back and sides, this mandolin is based on Mr. Monroe's mandolin. Why no pickguard?Well Bill Monroe didn't use one! This Gibson Monroe has an incredible tone, as you would expect from such a limited production, hand crafted mandolin. With a warm, woody tone the F5 Monroe  has plenty of bite and chop, however don't let the varnish fool you, this one can cut through!

The F5 Monroe also has a beautiful varnish finish and is in excellent condition, with only minor scratches to the finish and headstock that may even be factory made. Varnish finishes are hand applied, and thus, are much more difficult to polish to the level of perfection or shine that a lacquer finish will. Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more. This makes the mandolin sound more "broken in" from the start. The Varnish finish also creates a very warm tone that sounds deep with a lot of definition. As this is an 18 year old varnish finish there is some slight discoloration and hazing on the back as seen in the detailed photos below. Additionally, there are some surface scratches on top also shown below. It includes the original hardshell case with the certificate of authenticity enclosed.

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SOLD: 1993 Gibson F5 Monroe Limited Edition 83 out of 200

 1993 Gibson F5 Monroe Limited Edition 83 out of 200

Bill Monroe is often referred to as the "Father of bluegrass", with an ever evolving and inspiring career spanning over 60 years, he has had a tremendous impact on bluegrass and most country music we know today. A consummate performer, he was never seen with out his Gibson F5 on stage or off!

In 1938 Bill Monroe formed his famed bluegrass group named the Blue Grass Boys. Around this same time Bill acquired a 1923 Gibson F5 model "Lloyd Loar" mandolin. The Gibson "Lloyd Loar" would become his trademark instrument for the remainder of his career, as well as the inspiration for this Limited Edition F5 Monroe many years later. His original mandolin can be viewed not far from our shop at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.

Lloyd Loar was a Gibson sound engineer and master luthier in the early 20th century. Mr. Loar worked for Gibson from early 1919 to 1924, and in that short amount of time he contributed many significant innovations to the world of stringed instruments. One of the many innovations was the introduction of the F shaped holes in the Mandolin, borrowed from the violin family. His instruments were known for their incredible volume, clarity, and master craftsmanship. These instruments from this period are now recognized as some of the most valuable, significant instruments ever made.

This particular limited edition Gibson F5 Monroe was built in 1993, the same year Bill Monroe received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. There were only 200 Gibson F5 Monroes ever made, and you are looking at #83. Each Gibson F5 Monroe Label is hand signed by Bill Monroe as well as Steve Carlson, Founder of the Flatiron Mandolin Company and Head of Gibson's production after they purchased Flatiron and redesigned it as the Gibson Mandolin Company.

Featuring a tight grained Spruce top with gorgeous Flamed maple back and sides, this mandolin is based on Mr. Monroe's mandolin. Why no pickguard?Well Bill Monroe didn't use one! This Gibson Monroe has an incredible tone, as you would expect from such a limited production, hand crafted mandolin. With a warm, woody tone the F5 Monroe  has plenty of bite and chop, however don't let the varnish fool you, this one can cut through!

The F5 Monroe also has a beautiful varnish finish and is in excellent condition, with only minor scratches to the finish and headstock that may even be factory made. Varnish finishes are hand applied, and thus, are much more difficult to polish to the level of perfection or shine that a lacquer finish will. Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more. This makes the mandolin sound more "broken in" from the start. The Varnish finish also creates a very warm tone that sounds deep with a lot of definition. As an 18 year old instrument, this looks to be brand new! Original Hardshell Case Included.

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SOLD: National – Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

 National   Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

For many years, National ResoPhonic has been in research and development of the original Dobro's, as those models were part of the fabric and historic beginning of the original National company founded in 1927.  This is the instrument that spawned an entire industry, a sound, and inspired a tone like nothing else.  The Dobro company was founded in 1929 by brothers John Dopyera, Rudy Dopyera, Ed Dopyera, and Vic Smith. The name "Dobro" represents an early acronym for the Dopyera Brothers, thus: Dobro.

Dobro was never intended to mean a specific instrument, like a banjo, or mandolin, however, over the years, the name Dobro became synonymous with any squareneck spider-bridge resonator guitar, held in the lap, and played with a bar in open tunings, rather than fretting the strings on a fretted fingerboard.

Over the years the company changed ownership many times, and was shuttered from 1942 to 1954, bought by Semi Mosely, then lost, and finally bought by Gibson. Fast forward to today's modern era National ResoPhonic instruments, located in San Luis Obispo, where founder Don Young started his company in 1989.  Having worked for the Dopyera brothers several times during his career, Don is uniquely qualified to recreate these iconic guitars.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young Stringed Instruments division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone!

SMITH YOUNG National   Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

Smith & Young Stringed Instruments

 

In the most recent quarter century Don Young and partner Eric Smith of today's National ResoPhonic have built historically correct re-issues of these early instruments, yet only recently have been motivated to add the modern flare of increased string height, germane to a distinct Bluegrass sound.  The new Model 1 with it's steel body, rubbed nickel finish, single cone sound, is absolutely tremendous. One can sense the wonderment when people first heard that haunting, vocal sound emanating from the Model 1. These instruments are loud, with a clear, warm tone.

This instrument is the very first prototype issued from their new division at National, appropriately named  "Smith & Young Stringed Instruments", so named for Eric and Don. The logo on the headstock for this early prototype is still a "National", as the new logo is being designed at this moment. This will likely be the only S&Y instrument to bear the National logo, and therefore even more rare in the future.

A little longer overall than a standard National, that body size translates to a larger sound.  Larger break angle at the headstock over the nut makes for increased tension on the cone, further producing more tone & volume! This thing is loud, however never piercing. The hand spun Spider cone makes all the tone possible, and National has always produced their own cones. Often imitated, never replicated!  Referring to their unique tone, they have coined the phrase "It's in the Cone", referring to a tone that only National can make. We look forward to the future, and introducing this exciting new line of dobro's from Don, Eric, and the crew at National.

Look for other Nashville players who will be taking delivery of their new Smith & Young Dobros soon (Neil Perry of The Band Perry, Clint Chandler of Lady Antebellum, & Chad Jeffers of Carrie Underwood band)!

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