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Orville Gibson's Last Mandolin

by George Gruhn

This instrument is the most elaborately ornamented scroll model mandolin made by Orville Gibson that we have ever encountered. The hand-written label reads "Made by O.H. Gibson 1906 Kalamazoo Mich." The 1906 date, which also appears on a peghead inlay and on the tailpiece, is of interest since this date is well after the incorporation of the Gibson Company in October 1902...
 
A Loar Diary

I recently had the fabulous experience of borrowing The Schultz Loar for four months, culminating in a recording session in Nashville. I've chronicled my experiences with this wonderful instrument in my Loar Diary.