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    I am not sure but I believe that model is actually an F-ed Up 4....

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    It an F-4 the italics mandolin.
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    Looks like Guy Clark's description of the inspiration for his song "Picasso's Mandolin."

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    So if it turns out to be pre-1894, would that mean Gibson copied it?
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    It is funny but I was just looking in my pile of mandolins and came across this "lovely" lump scroll which certainly competes with the one discussed in this thread. I bought on eBay back in 2012 as a service to all you folks here so you would not have to spend your hard earned money on such an oddity. It is funny though: I just tapped on the top and it does have some tonal potential.

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    Jim, you really took one for the team there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post

    What makes this one an F-4? Has F-4 come to mean any mandolin with a carved top and back, oval hole, points and scrolls? Is F-4 just a convenient designation to indicate the general style of mandolin?
    It looks like the creation of someone who saw a Gibson F-4, but did not have access to it or a picture of one and did the whole design from memory.
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    It is very interesting to me that many of the best artists who try to portray a violin do a bad job of getting the proper proportions. I imagine if F-model mandolins were more popular they would have the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    It is very interesting to me that many of the best artists who try to portray a violin do a bad job of getting the proper proportions. I imagine if F-model mandolins were more popular they would have the same problem.

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    Same problem or even worse. I worked as a picture framer for many, many years. A woodblock print came through for framing, titled Angel With a Mandolin. The "mandolin" had a peghead bent at a 90° angle, à la lute, and even though it was a bowl back, the poor dear angel had it tucked under her chin and was going after it with a bow, which she held in her left hand.

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    Not like this, I hope, or was it?

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    Oh lordy, I wonder if that was her inspiration! I always figured the angel had it in the wrong hand in the block print because the printmaker forgot things print as a mirror image.

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