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Gibson F5 Mandolin #73671 Signed by Lloyd Loar June 13, 1923


Signed by Lloyd Loar June 13, 1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 73671
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument


Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on June 12, 1923. This Loar (sn 73671) went through a tough spell, leaving it with a big crack in the back, a crack in the rim, and some missing pieces in the back. Patches were spliced in (and are pretty obvious from the non-matching wood grain). And then it was sent to Gibson for a complete refinish. What didn't kill it made it stronger -- at least in sound.



From Carter Vintage.

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