Signed by Lloyd Loar June 1, 1922 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument
3-piece neck, reversed labels, double bound, both labels in Loar's handwriting, unique pickguard and bracket. Large poorly repaired crack in top. Incredible "Monroe" tone.
Restored 2016 by Steve Gilchrist, further details pending
David Grisman takes 70281 for a spin
Categories this instrument is a member of
- Prototype or experimental features
- Truss rod
- Unusual instrument
From Darryl Wolfe.
Darryl Wolfe's F5 Journal is the authoritative work on the subject of Loar-signed and later Gibson mandolins