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Gibson F5 mandolin. 1967 (I think)

A friend has a Gibson F5 mandolin he inherited from his father that he’s been trying to sell me. I haven’t seen it in person yet, but he sent some pictures and it looks great. One question I have is, why does this one only say Gibson and not The Gibson on the headstock?

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Found a nice discussion here:

Post 3 seems helpful

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Thank you. That provided some useful information.

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In the early 30s they changed to plain “Gibson” script and didn’t change back until I believe the 80s or 90s when they went to trying to replicate the Loar signed F5s