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Gibson F5 Mandolin #73989 Signed by Lloyd Loar July 9, 1923


Signed by Lloyd Loar July 9, 1923 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1923 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 73989
Factory order number unknown
there is no Virzi in this instrument


Peghead scroll restored. "Ian Kovalsky" inscribed on tailpiece cover


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  • Green-lined hardshell case


From C.J. Lewandowski.
C.J. Lewandowski was born and raised in the state of Missouri. He was bitten by the Loar bug at 13 years old when he played a Feb 18, 1924 signed mandolin once belonging to his musical hero, Don Brown. He then played between the choice of a 1923 and 1924 F-5 as a member of the Ozark Bluegrass Boys. Since that moment on, he has made it a mission to study and play every F-5 he can, along with preserving the history and legacy of the Lloyd Loar period. C.J. Makes his home now in East Tennessee with 73989, the July 9, 1923 F-5 he went to Greece to acquire. He is a member and founder of the Grammy Nominated group, The Po' Ramblin' Boys and is an artist of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

You can find him on Instagram at @ozark_mandolin and on the web at

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