1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Tenor Lute, Style TL4
Factory Order number: 11190a
Red finish. Red sunburst, 8-string, bound peghead, std. style 4 appointments
The most rare configuration of one of the most rare "standard" Gibson instruments, the TL-4 is the fancy version of a tenor banjo neck grafted onto a mandola body. It has a ringing tone with long sustain, but not a lot of volume.
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