Exc+ condition • 1-1/8″ width at nut
This 1989 R.L. Givens F-5 is a very nice example of Bob Givens’ talent in creating great mandolins. Traditionally built, using hard Maple back, sides and neck and an Engelmann Spruce top. Many say that his prevalent use of Englemann Spruce is a big reason why his mandolins consistently sound so great.
Fully multiple bound with ivoroid bindings with a black accent lines seen on the face of peghead and top and back of body, and along the side of the fingerboard. Ebony peghead overlay has pearl inlay RL Givens logo script at top and abalone/pearl floral bundle in center. Gold Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons. Radiused ebony fingerboard has double cut extension scalloped, and beautiful engraved flowerettes inlayed in fingerboard. Traditional two piece ebony loar-style adj bridge. Gold two piece tailpiece.
The woods are quite spectacular with gorgeous tight flame in the book matched back.
The mandolin in nice condition with just a few light pick rakes and a few dings, some sign of leaning the peghead against a wall, but not too rough.
Frets look brand new. Slight thumb and finger wear through finish at first position on back of neck.
This is a very powerful mandolin. Bob Givens died in 1993; his legacy is 800 hand built mandolins by his own hand and hundreds more as head luthier in production settings.
This mandolin comes set-up and ready to play.