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Gibson F5 Mandolin #70281 Signed by Lloyd Loar June 1, 1922


Signed by Lloyd Loar June 1, 1922 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1922 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 70281
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

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