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This is a list of previously sold instruments for archive use. Please visit our instruments in stock pages by following the links on the left.

Here is a listing of instruments that have passed through our hands. Please browse and gain an idea of what we stock regularly. Instruments Models marked "Available to Order" can be ordered through the House of Fine instruments. Other instruments are one of a kind. However if one catches your eye feel free to contact us and we'll see if we can't track another one down.




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R.L. Givens  F-5 1
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c.1977 R.L. Givens F-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

#148 Exc(-) condition. 1 1/16" neck width at nut. Fern inlay in peghead. Some random pick marks on mandolin. Headstock scroll was professionally repaired. Flat Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and full traditional fingerboard extension. Original Gotoh tuners, original handmade Givens Ebony bridge, and original tailpiece. These "Fern" F-5's from Bob Givens tend to exhibit a satisfying "hardness" of sound that is often called the "old Gibson" sound. It has good response and good depth of tone. In short, this is a very good mandolin. 
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R.L. Givens A-3 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-3 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exceptional original condition. Maple back, sides and neck, with Englemann Spruce top. Sheraton Brown stain under nitro-cellulose lacquer. This mandolin is a really fine example of Bob Givens' later work. Working with no CnC technology, Mr Givens made perfect cut time after time, using only his own handmade jigs. All of the workmanship is great, and the materials are great. 1 1/8" width of fingerboard at nut. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with original frets. Original nut, Ebony bridge, nickel Schaller tuners, and nickel 2-pc tailpiece. Neck has rounded Vee profile. 

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R.L. Givens A-3 1
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1989 R.L. Givens A-3 Mandolin 'Sold'

Excellent original condition. Maple back, sides and neck, with Englemann Spruce top. Sheraton Brown stain under nitro-cellulose lacquer. This mandolin is a really fine example of Bob Givens' later work. Working with no CnC technology, Mr Givens made perfect cut time after time, using only his own handmade jigs. All of the workmanship is great, and the materials are great. 1 1/8" width of fingerboard at nut. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with original frets. Original nut, Ebony bridge, nickel Schaller tuners, and nickel 2-pc tailpiece. Neck has rounded Vee profile. Great sound and great playability. All the subtleties in the tone. Fine attack with excellent depth of tone and very much fills the area with melodic and lyric tonal beauty when playing...
 
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R.L. Givens A-3 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-3 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. Slight amount of fret wear. Fingerboard extension has been scalloped beautifully. Very few marks at all on this mandolin. Appears to be all-original parts.
     Spruce top, Maple back and sides. Body is bound top and bottom bound with Ivoroid. Blackened back of headstock with "RLG" decal inlaid.
     Great, fully open sound.

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R.L. Givens A-3 1
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1990 R.L. Givens A-3 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. This is a very nice sounding A-3 from Bob Givens. Beautiful Cremona brown stain finish. Englemann Spruce top, hard Maple back, sides and neck. Repair and touch-up at treble f-hole (f-hole "wing" was cracked, then repaired with cleats, then cosmetically touched up).
    Typical of Givens A-models, this instrument delivers a lot of sound, with good power and projection. The chop is good and solid, but the lyrical beauty and presence of any part of it exceeds most mandolins. In short, it is a very good mandolin.
    Some hand wear through finish on back of neck. This mandolin has a fresh attention to frets and set-up, and is "ready to go". 
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R.L. Givens A-3 1
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1988 R.L. Givens A-3 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Width of fingerboard at nut is 1 1/32". This is a nice example A-3 from Robert L. Givens. Handmade in his shop, it exhibits many great characteristics. It is made from good Maple back, sides and neck, with Englemann Spruce cut by Bob Givens, himself.  Ebony radiused fingerboard with dot inlays and original frets in good shape. Original handmade Givens Ebony bridge, and also the original tailpiece and Schaller tuners. The color is "Sheraton Brown". The top has several small nicks and dings in finish - probably from shipping at some point with a loosened tailpiece cover touching the top of mandolin in transit. The top shows some slight settling, but has been inspected and is stable. One repaired top crack at f-hole that was professionally done with good cosmetic touch-up. The tone and playability are great. You would have to pay lots more today for a new mandolin with this level of tone... Chad Fadely at our store ranks it "among the best".
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R.L. Givens A-4 1
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R.L. Givens A-4 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. This mandolin has been kept in the case for quite a few years, so it is in nice condition. It only shows slight normal signs of prior playing.
     Nicely figured Maple back, sides and neck. Select Englemann Spruce top.  Radiused fingerboard. Original 2-pc tailpiece replaced with newer nickel Allen 1-pc cast tailpiece. Nickel Schaller tuners.
     This mandolin is a GREAT sounding mandolin, and plays like a dream.



 
R.L. Givens A-4 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-4 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Excellent Condition. Moderate playing wear in frets but no buzzing. All-original except gold "Price" tailpiece and added strap button on neck heel.
     Maple back, sides and neck. Bob Givens hand-cut Englemann Spruce top. Beautiful sunburst all-over. Ivoroid binding on toip and back of body. Tasteful inlay on peghead with Rl Givens logo. Ebony, radiused fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. Original Givens Ebony adjustable bridge. Original Nickel Schaller tuners.
     Set up very well and sounds fabulous.

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R.L. Givens A-5 1
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1980 R.L. Givens A-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. 1 3/16" width at nut.
     Excellent maple back, sides, and neck. The A-5 was Bob Givens' top model from around 1970 to around 1986. Antiqued cream binding on top and back and around fingerboard. Nickel hardware including Schaller tuners and two-piece Loar-style tailpiece. Rosewood peghead overlay with elaborate floral inlay showing initial "RLG" in center of peghead. Flat ebony fingerboard with dot inlay. Two-piece ebony adjustable bridge. Beautiful sunburst finish. Some hand wear in back of neck in first position. Top of mandolin shows random dings and some wear on treble side at binding.
     This special mandolin was brought to us by a customer who purchased it from the great mandolin maker Michael Heiden, who played it until he started making his own top-rated mandolins. Mr. Heiden used this particular Givens as an acoustic model to make his own A models which have become top quality instruments in their own right. While this instrument has a lot of player wear, it is fun to know who the player was, and that he used this mandolin to develop his own A design!
     Greg Boyd has professionally sold hundreds of Givens mandolins, and proclaims this very mandolin to have especially good sound. Greg says "Buy it!"

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R.L. Givens A-5 1
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c.1980's R.L. Givens A-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

#266 Exc(+) condition. From the mid-70's thru mid-80's these A-5's were Givens' top of the line A-model mandolin. Very mature tone with a full voice. Power, depth, chop, nuance... this mandolin has a lot going for it. 1 3/16" fingerboard width at nut. Flat fingerboard. "Vee" neck profile. Strap button installed on neck heel. Frets, bridge, tailpiece and tuners are all in fine playing condition.
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R.L. Givens A-5 1
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1978 R.L. Givens A-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

Excellent condition. 1 3/16" width of fingerboard at nut. Flat Ebony fingerboard. This mandolin is in great shape, with only a little finish checking and some nicks in the finish. It is set-up to play and sounds great. 
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1992 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exceptional original condition. 1 1/8" width at nut. Bold figured Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann spruce top. Handsome red-gold sunburst color. Handcut engraved Torch in Ebony peghead veneer, handcut engraved snowflakes in radiused Ebony fingerboard. Frets appear to be original small traditional frets. Gold plated original hardware, original Bob Givens Ebony 2-pc bridge. Condition, playability and sound will meet your highest expectations. These mandolins are simply gorgeous, and soundwise are equal or better to even Nugget and Gilchrist A models.
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1992 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. There is only a few very light 'touch marks' here and there, almost no sign of fret wear. All original parts. This is an extremely nice example of some of the finest handwork by the celebrated master luthier, Robert L Givens.
     Truly a handmade work of art, these mandolins were all handbuilt in Givens' workshop in North Idaho, using NO CnC technology. Every part was made by Givens, using handbuilt jigs and forms. The workmanship is impeccable.
     Dramatically figured Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann Spruce top (hand-harvested by Bob Givens). Ebony radiused fingerboard. Ebony adjustable bridge. Gold Schaller tuners and gold 2-pc tailpiece.
    Fully multiple bound, with ivoroid outer bindings. Peghead has the elaborate engraved pearl and abalone Givens "Torch" inlaid in peghead, and the hand-cut and hand-engraved "snowflakes" inlaid as position dots in fingerboard.
     The overall "look" is great. The color is beautiful and vivid, without being garish. The set-up is great, playability is great. 1 1/8" width at nut.
     These A-models from Givens from 1986 to 1992 are regarded by many players to be better than many A-models from makers today that cost $10,000 to $15,000. If you play one that has good set-up, you'll hear it, too. There is all of the depth and balance, but also a sparkling lyrical quality in these later Givens A's that many experienced players know well.
     This particular instrument is from the private collection of Greg Boyd, and is being offered for sale because the "House of Fine Instruments" needs a new roof.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc(+) condition. Here is a fine example of a Givens A-6 from the personal collection of Greg Boyd. Typical brilliant Flamed Maple, set off by the beautiful sunburst color. Select grade Englemann spruce top, from tree felled by Bob Givens. Everything is original and in fine condition: Gold hardware, Nut, Handmade Ebony Bridge, Small vintage style frets. Typical of the nice A-6 models from Givens, this mandolin shows off the elaborate hand-cut, hand-inlaid, and hand-engraved Torch inlaid in peghead, as well as the hand-cut snowflakes inlaid in the radiused Ebony fingerboard.
    These mandolins are obviously great investments, as everyone who plays or hears them agree that they are producing tones that meet or surpasses those of mandolins selling for $14,000 to $15,000...!
   Listen to the soundbite and you'll hear why we are always so keen on the mandolins from R.L. Givens. These soundbites were recorded with strings that are 3-to-5 years old, and still the great sound of the mandolin is clearly heard - the attack, the depth, and the expressive highs.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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c.1986 R.L. Givens A-6 Great original condition Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Only some small, normal signs of handling and playing. Frets show only slightest signs of playing - no "v" dents in frets.
     These A-6 mandolins from Bob Givens are highly regarded for tone and playability. Handmade by Bob Givens, using Englemann Spruce tops that Mr Givens harvested. Handcut, hand engraved Torch inlaid in peghead, beautiful engraved "Snowflakes" inlaid in radiused fingerboard.
     Figured Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann Spruce top. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Gold hardware. Schaller tuners. Ebony overlay in peghead. 1 1/16" width at nut.
     *Be sure to listen to the sound clips below... in one of the clips the mandolin is strung Thomastik Flatwounds and the other it is strung with D'Addario J74s. The mandolin is currently strung with medium phosphour bronze strings.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Excellent condition. Very high grade Figured Maple back, sides and neck, with Englemann Spruce top. Ebony fingerboard and bridge and peghead overlay. Multiple Ivoroid bindings on body, fingerboard and peghead. Gold hardware. Woderfully full melodic tone with a great bluegrass chop.  
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1990 R.L. Givens A-6 Exceptional Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Here is a very nice mandolin offered up from Greg Boyd's private collection. It seems the need for a newer motorcycle is overpowering the need to keep his collection intact.
     Excellent in every way, this mandolin exemplifies the reason Bob Givens will be noted in history as one of the great mandolin builders. Very high grade Figured Maple back, sides and neck, with Englemann Spruce top. Ebony fingerboard and bridge and peghead overlay. Multiple Ivoroid bindings on body, fingerboard and peghead.
     There was no CnC machinery in Givens' shop, only the jigs made by hand by Givens, who even designed and built his own pantograph carvers for rough-carving the tops and backs instead of buying ready made machines to do the work.
     Take a close look at the elaborate Torch inlaid in the peghead and the Snowflakes in the fingerboard... These are all designed, handcut and hand engraved by Bob Givens.
     Even the Englemann Spruce was usually hand-harvested by Bob Givens or Liz Sedler.
    Givens made a lot of "F" mandolins, as well as his numerous "A" models, but among the afficianados the A's are known for putting out an exceptionally great tone, as well as being finely built. The A-6 and some few A-6 Customs (along with his F-5's, of course), represent the epitome of his 30 years building mandolins.
     This mandolin shows off the vivid red-gold sunburst Givens is known for, and has a truly wonderful voice. The sound has a very expressive lyrical quality as well as being powerful.
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1990 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc(+) condition. 1 1/8" width at nut. Highly figured Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann Spruce top. Beautiful red-gold sunburst enhances the woods. This mandolin shows off all of the great appointments of the R.L. Givens A-6 models: Handcut engraved Torch in Ebony peghead veneer, handcut engraved snowflakes in radiused Ebony fingerboard, Multiple ivoroid with black line bindings on body, fingerboard and peghead. Frets show only moderate wear, but do not need any attention - playability is great. Original Givens Ebony 2-pc bridge. Original gold plated Schaller tuners and gold plated tailpiece.
    How do I begin to describe the tone of these great mandolins? They always have the "perfect" attack followed by a very mature depth and lots of expression and nuance, and a very lyrical quality to the highs. Many people rank these A models from Bob Givens as equal or exceeding Nugget or Gilchrist A's.
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1986 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc (+) condition. An early example of Bob Givens' top A-model mandolin. This mandolin shows all the desirable aspects of the famous A-6 mandolins. Multiple ivoroid bindings on body and fingerboard. Peghead bound with ivoroid. Hand-cut, hand-engraved elaborate torch inlaid in peghead. Hand cut snowflake inlays in fingerboard. Original gold plated Gotoh tuners and tailpiece. Original bridge and nut. Beautiful coloration of sunburst really sets off the highly flamed Maple back, sides and neck, as well as the Englemann Spruce top. The sound is, of course, excellent, and shows the maturity and tonal depth and expression that Givens' A's are famous for. Call us for more information. 
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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1986 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Just a few slight marks on the top. There is one repaired crack in the center seam of the top, and the heel of the neck has some lacquer checking.
     Engelmann top with multiple Ivoroid bindings and subtle sunburst finish. Figured Maple back, sides and neck. Back also has multiple Ivoroid bindings, fretboard has single Ivoroid binding.
     Sound and workmanship are exceptionally fine.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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c1986 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Really nice and original, with original frets, nut, tailpiece, tuners and bridge. The beautiful finish is in great shape, but mandolin has a few small touch-marks around the top and a few light rub marks in center of back.
     1" width at nut (for comparison, Bill Monroe's Loar is 15/16" width at nut). Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann Spruce top. Radiused Ebony fingerboard and Ebony bridge, Ebony peghead overlay. Gold tuners and tailpiece. Multiple ivoroid bindings on top and back of body, along fingerboard, and around peghead. Givens' signature inlays - Elaborate handcut "torch" inlaid in peghead, and beautiful handcut "snowflakes" inlaid in fingerboard.
     This mandolin is great. Hardly any appreciable wear... and the sound is very powerful and gorgeous. It is priced lower than later model A-6's because it doesn't have as dramatically figured Maple as later ones have and it doesn't have an adjustable truss-rod, like the models from 1992 have. But - this one has all the tonal color and power that most players recognize.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1992 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc(-) with Refinished Top. This mandolin doesn't show much wear anywhere, but had the top refinished in black. Back of neck has had finish removed for smoother hand movement. Peghead has two significant marks in finish at top edge. A few light marks on back. Gold strap button professionally installed on neck heel.
     These A-6 mandolins that were handmade by Robert L Givens are the epitome of his 30 years of mandolin making. Most Givens afficianados consider these to be ranked at highest levels for tonal expression, beauty and projection.
     1 1/16" width at nut. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with handcut, engraved  "snowflake" inlays of pearl and abalone. Ebony peghead veneer has elaborate hand-cut, hand-engraved torch inlay of pearl and abalone. Ebony adjustable bridge. Gold 'James' tailpiece. Gold Schaller tuners.
     Multiple ivoroid bindings on top, back, peghead and on side of fingerboard. Ebony pickguard professionally installed. Very highly figured maple back, sides and neck. Maple back shows extra "fishbone" pattern inside the heavy flame figure.
     This mandolin is a joy to play. It is no different than the "unrefinished" examples that sell for $6800 to $7500, except that we've priced it to reflect the re-finished top. This is one that goes head to head with mandolins at the highest levels of the craft. Beautiful sound for recording, beautiful sound that "eats up a microphone" when on stage.

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R.L. Givens A-6 1
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1991 R.L. Givens A-6 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Exceptionally strong figure in the Maple back, sides and neck. Englemann Spruce top. Beautiful Red-Gold sunburst color really shows off the woods. Hand-cut hand-engraved torch inlaid in peghead. Fingerboard has been professionally milled, and the original snowflake fingerboard inlays have been replaced with solid dot inlays. Original 2-piece tailpiece replaced with Weber universal cast gold plated tailpiece. Original Schaller tuners. Bridge is a 2-piece ebony close copy to the original Givens bridge. This mandolin sounds mighty fine.



 
R.L. Givens A-6 "30th Anniversary" 1
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1992 R.L. Givens A-6 "30th Anniversary" Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. This mandolin is in great shape. There is just one very small scratch on the top, the back has one small scratch and one ding. Very slight evidence of fret wear. peghead is very clean. Gold strap button installed in correct position in the heel.
     Engelmann Spruce top. Nicely figured Maple back, sides and neck. Top, back and peghead all have 3-ply Ivoroid binding. Fingerboard has 2-ply Ivoroid binding. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Pearl "snowflake" inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Pearl and Abalone inlay. Gold tuners with pearl buttons. Ebony 2-pc. adjustable bridge.
     Sounds great. Tone is open and airy, while retaining volume and presence.

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R.L. Givens A-6 Custom Anniversary 1
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1992 R.L. Givens A-6 Custom Anniversary "30 Years" Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition, exceptional tone. This is the Givens A-6 that was rated so highly on the "Mandolin Tasting" recordings from WinterGrass festival in Feb 2003, played by John Reischman. In fact, the following morning after the recordings, John Reischman stopped by our booth at the festival that year to tell us that, after recording over 60 instruments at the 'tasting', that there were only two that were "great" - THIS Givens A-6 and his own Loar F-5.
     The only modification done to this mandolin is to have the fingerboard extension scalloped. It is in great shape and truly will go head-to-head with any other mandolin for sound.
     Bob Givens had intended to make 10 of these blonde top "Anniversary" A-6 mandolins, to help celebrate his 30 years of hand building mandolins. Unfortunately he died rather suddenly and at much too young an age. Only 6 were completed.
     Photos soon...
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R.L. Givens F-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. This mandolin, from this period represents the peak period from Bob Givens' lifetime of mandolin making.
     Very highly figured Maple, what the old-timers would call "shell Maple" in the back, sides and neck. "U" profile neck. 1 1/8" width at nut. This is one of only approximately 50 or 55 Givens mandolins with an adjustable truss rod. Multiple bindings throughout. Ivoroid outer bindings, with black lines showing on top, back and sides of body, side of fingerboard, and top/side of peghead. R.L. Givens script logo with elaborate hand-cut, hand-engraved pearl and abalone torch in center of peghead. Gold Schaller tuners. Original, Givens hand-made, loar-style, Ebony adjustable bridge. Original two-piece gold tailpiece. Pearl nut, radiused Ebony fingerboard with frets in great shape. Some time ago, fingerboard was milled, with some of the engraving of the "snow-flakes" being worn away. This small thing is the only detriment to this mandolin.
     Hold on to your hat...! I'm not kidding in saying that this particular F-5 may be the finest F-5 Givens I have ever had in my possession. It has the special "hard-to-get sound" that's found in the finest, $20,000 mandolins. If the engraving was re-worked into the fingerboard dot inlays, this mandolin should be $12,000 or more. Again, I am not lightly saying that this is one of the finest Givens mandolins ever that we have seen, and we have seen many.

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R.L. Givens F-5 1
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c.1980 R.L. Givens F-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

Exceptional Condition. Typical "Fern" F-5 from Bob Givens that was treated very well in its life. Flat fingerboard. This mandolin is really an exceptionally good instrument. Just back from set-up and adjusting and it plays like a dream and sounds just like it should cost $20,000... But it doesn't cost nearly that much. Here is a great example of Bob Givens' work that delivers great tone for only
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R.L. Givens F-5 1
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1975 R.L. Givens F-5 Mandolin 'Sold'

     VG.(+) Condition. There are a handful of wear marks on the top and back of the mandolin, but it is in structurally sound condition.
     Engelmann Spruce top, figured maple back, sides and neck. Radiused ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with "vine" and R.L. Givens logo inlays in pearl. Gold Schaller tuners with pearl buttons.
     Sound is very refined with lots of depth and power on tap. Big open woody sound.

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