1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1925 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Tenor Lute, Style TL
Factory Order number: 11177
Blond face finish. 4-string tenor lute (111774?)
DB- prehaps 11177A is the FON? Either way, we have *two* batch numbers for Tenor Lutes now..
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