Givens A-6

© Frank Ford, 2001; Photos by FF

Wasn't it just like ol' Bob Givens to want to go one better? He was one of the first individual luthiers to make replicas of the famous Gibson F-5 back in the early 1960s. After many years, he finally started assigning model designations to his standard instruments: F-6, A-6, A-3. Before his untimely death nearly a decade ago, he'd produced nearly 700 hand crafted mandolins, and given a number of other luthiers instruction and inspiration.

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