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Gibson F5 Mandolin #72853 Signed by Lloyd Loar April 12, 1923


Signed by Lloyd Loar April 12, 1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 72853
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument


Very clean. "F.W.J" engraved on tailpiece cover in same script/engraving style as "The Gibson" (initials of the original owner). Original purple-stamped hang-tag with $250 price is with the mandolin. Wide sunburst area on back with orange/yellow color. Tuner plates in very clean/uncorroded condition. Great tone and volume. Missing one tuner button screw



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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