No-frills design has been given a minor face lift, which includes rosewood binding on the top of the body and pearl dot fingerboard inlays while maintaining the same stunning satin Vintage Brown finish. The F-9 has all the design features that give the F-5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid maple neck, sides and ... Click To Read More About This Product
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No-frills design has been given a minor face lift, which includes rosewood binding on the top of the body and pearl dot fingerboard inlays while maintaining the same stunning satin Vintage Brown finish. The F-9 has all the design features that give the F-5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid maple neck, sides and back, solid spruce top, and a hand-tuned tone chamber.
Includes hardshell case.
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Comments about Gibson F-9 Mandolin:
This mandolin is one great instrument. It doesn't have all the fancy frills but it sure has the famous Gibson tone. If you want a great sounding mandolin, but you are on a budget, this is the one to get. It has great looks, sound, and playability. Your sure to fall in love with this mighty F-9.
Comments about Gibson F-9 Mandolin:
This is my fifth mandolin & I have been playing for several years. I've owned a Rover RM-75, RM-50, Michael Kelly Dragonfly III, and an Eastman MD-515. My new Gibson F-9 is obviously not broken in yet, but immediately I noted that it has a beautiful percussive sound on chop chords all the way up the neck. In terms of resonance, it does not yet have that bell-like ring that my Eastman MD-515 had.. not sure if it will develop this with continued playing or whether this is just the characteristic of the F-9. The Gibson F-9 is loud, and I would describe it has having a deep throated woody voice which is what I was looking for. I briefly played a Weber Big Sky a few weeks ago and my initial thoughts was that it had a brighter... bell-like ring to it... but then again this mando has been broken in (assuming it has tone bars vs. x-bracing). What was missing on the Weber, in my opinion, was the percussive, woody sound on the chop chords. I think the F-9 would have no problem cutting through a mix... and what appears to be its signature strength...in my opinion would be its throaty growl & percussiveness...not to ignore its fine mid to higher note sounds. As the F-9 uses tone bars... this machine still needs to open up. I rated this 4 vs. 5 stars for the following reasons: * I would have preferred a radiused fretboard & medium jumbo frets... however, I haven't actually determined that not having these features has negatively impacted my playing performance. * You're paying a premium for the Gibson name. If I was to buy a second mandolin as a backup...I'd definitely be looking to buy another Eastman MD-515. * I love the minimalist matte sunburst design * Lastly, this instrument inspires me to play and get better. If you're going to buy an instrument to play... buy one that entices you to pick it up and play.
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