1923 Gibson Service Handbook
On the following pages you will find photographs taken of
the pages of the only known copy of the Gibson Service
handbook. This booklet was found in the original case of
a July 9 Loar, and kindly loaned to the Mandolin Archive by the
owner so that the contents could be shared. The booklet provides a
fascinating window into Gibson instruments. Some care and
feeding tips that were originally communicated to owners
are included for mandolins, banjos, and guitars are included
in the pages, as well as advertisments, lists of replacement
parts, and other information that might have interested an original
Gibson purchaser or dealer at the time.
If you are just browsing through, we recommend starting on
where the care & feeding advice starts in earnest!
It is recommended that the reader take some of the advice
in this booklet with a grain of salt- it is no longer common
or advisable to clean your Loar F5 with gasoline, to pick
one obvious example. It's always a good idea to ask experts
before performing any maintenance on your mandolin.
How to Browse
Each web page shows two facing pages of the manual in the same
layout as the original booklet. You can jump to different pages
using the table of contents links on the left of each page. You
can also click the right-hand page to move forward, and the left-hand
page to move back. These pages are optimised to view at 1280x1024 or
The Archive gives very special thanks to the anonymous owner of the
Loar this came with for entrusting us with this unique booklet.
It is only with the help of individual owners, dealers, and
collectors that we are able to expand our offerings online!
This document was added to the Archives February 26th, 2006 by
Dan Beimborn. All photographs © 2006 Dan Beimborn