New Instrument Review
December 12, 2000
The plainest "F-5" ever. . .
© Frank Ford, 2000; Photos by FF
From part of the crew that staffed the Gibson/Flatiron mandolin factory in Montana comes this interesting adaptation of the famous Gibson F-5. A fine value in a very plain version of the classic bluegrass mandolin, the "Bitterroot" gives a nod to the scroll body shape without the expense of fancy woods, binding, inlay or finish.
Check out the clean workmanship and modeling of all the curves. And while you're at it, take a look at the innovative "Brekke bridge," with its inernal screw adjusted wedges for raising or lowering the action.
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