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2003 Gibson F-5-FB

Serial # 31219020. The F5-G is a dressed down F5 model, without back or headstock binding, but with all the tone the F5 is known for. The FB in the name likely stands for 'fingerboard binding,' which is not standard for the F5-G, but present on this example. Additionally, the finish on this instrument is sunburst on all sides, rather than the opaque lacquer standard to the F5-G -- a nice touch, especially considering how beautifully it highlights the gorgeous figured maple of the back and sides! A particularly good sounding instrument, this F5 has a pronounced growl in the mids and open and warm basses. Long sustain, excellent volume and cut, but mostly a whole lot of richness in tone. It's in very fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. The top's finish shows some impressions from an improperly positioned bridge, and there is a lacquer craze line stemming from the bottom of treble f-hole. Neck and frets are good, action and set-up are perfect. Pearl nut, Schaller tuners, silver-plated engraved tailpiece, pearl headstock logo and flowerpot inlay. With hardshell case

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