Sam Bush 34 Fern
The new Inspired By Sam Bush Limited Edition ’34 Fern Mandolin is based on an artist’s rendering of an F5 Fern mandolin from Gibson’s 1934 catalog. Astonishingly enough, our research concludes the mandolin was never produced, but that didn’t stop legendary American newgrass artist Sam Bush from falling in love with its design. Now, with the help of Gibson master luthier David Harvey, the fine craftsmen, resources and tradition of Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments, the Bush-inspired Limited Edition ’34 Fern Mandolin comes to life. It is now offered in a very limited number of only 25 instruments.
This mandolin features many of the same appointments as the instrument depicted in the 1934 catalog, including the figured maple body chassis with a red spruce top, the mother of pearl block fingerboard inlays and the Fern peghead inlay made from genuine abalone pearl. The instrument’s stunning nitro-cellulose lacquer finish — painted in a ’30s Iced Tea burst color — is also faithfully recreated, giving the instrument its alluring vintage patina.
But it wouldn’t be a Sam Bush Inspired By model if it didn’t have Bush’s personal touch. Starting with its figured maple neck, the new Inspired By Sam Bush ’34 Fern features the wider, radiused fingerboard favored by Bush, along with the large fret wire that is his personal preference — all honed to Bush’s exact specs. The ebony fingerboard also features a jazz “bird’s beak” fingerboard end that ensures pick clearance.
Each Inspired By ’34 Fern Mandolin will be personally inspected, played and have the inside labels signed by Bush to ensure his individual approval of every instrument. His signature also graces the back of each peghead, and each instrument is accompanied by a special certificate of authenticity, a picture of Sam with each mandolin and a Case Notes™ diary with comments about each mandolin personally written by Sam.