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Gibson F5 Mandolin #73009 Signed by Lloyd Loar April 25, 1923


Signed by Lloyd Loar April 25, 1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 73009
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument


The "Apollon" Loar, refinished, circa '30's, serial number in ink, aluminum bridge saddle, lacquer looking finish. White end pin and aluminum bridge saddle are consistent features of Apollon mandolins. Dave Apollon was a pyrotechnical player well known for his spectacular mandolin playing

Returned to Gibson, Kalamazoo, in October of 1937 for repair work, (confirmed by Walter Carter, Gibson historian).


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Adjustible bridge with aluminum saddle
  • Played by a well-known musician
  • Refinished 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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