Jim's 1922 Gibson F4 Mandolin
I have played the mandolin since I was about 12 years old and own several. The one in the picture is a 1922 Gibson F4. I purchased it in 1990 from the grandson of the original owner. Neither the son or grandson of the original owner ever learned to play it so I am the second person to play it regularly. The Gibson Company is more well-known today for their guitars but some of the historically fine mandolins were produced by Gibson. Other mandolins I own include an 1895 Washburn bowl back, a 1927 Washburn B model, a 1918 Ditson bowl back, a 1920 Martin A model, a 1953 Gibson Florentine electric, and a 1980s Alverez.