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Gibson F5 Mandolin #71838 Signed by Lloyd Loar January 5, 1923


Signed by Lloyd Loar January 5, 1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 71838
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument


Refinished. Pictures from Elderly Instruments, Larry Wexer's web site

Elderly Instruments description: EC, signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on 1/5/23, flowerpot headstock, triple-bound top, back and pickguard, single-bound neck and headstock, very attractive flamed maple back and rims, no Virzi, pre-1944 refin of top and probably the back (likely by a violin maker - they look real good), monster sound, OHSC (green lining)



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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