1987 Gibson F-5L

Dated October 5th 1987 and signed by Master Builder Steve Carlson (formerly of Flatiron fame), this F5-L is built with exquisite tonewoods, carefully carved, and finished with a particularly regal faded Cremona sunburst. The instrument has an even and tightly grained quartersawn spruce top, highly figured maple back and sides, and a tightly figured one piece maple neck with a distinctively Loar-F5 carve. Ebony fingerboard and bridge, ivoroid bindings, bound celluloid pickguard, and gold-plated James tailpiece and Schaller tuners. Pearl tuning machine buttons, bone nut, flat fingerboard with guitar-size fretwire and scooped extension. 1-1/8" nut, and 13-7/8" scale.

The instrument is a very attractive and cleanly built Loar-era Fern F5 replica, and has aged remarkably well through nearly 35 years. Apart from some playwear to the frets, the instrument doesn't show any flaws; its finish is blemish-free, set-up and bridge fit are perfect, and its top shows no sinkage. A lovely sounding F-5 with excellent cut and projection.

With original hardshell case