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1924 (Loar Period) Gibson F2 Mandolin #78221


1924 (Loar Period) manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1925 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F2
Serial 78221
Factory order number unknown


Sunburst, trussrodded, in excellent plus (unbelievable) condition, varnish finish, with original hard shell case.
This Florentine-body, oval hole mandolin is, without a doubt, one of the finest and most desirable examples of this model we have ever had. It was made during Lloyd Loar’s tenure as Gibson’s Chief Acoustic Engineer (1921-December 1924) and bears some of the improvements in which he is reputed to have had a hand, including the adjustable truss rod, the adjustable ebony bridge with the January 18, 1921 patent stamp, the slimmer neck shape, and much more. This Florentine scroll, oval hole, has its near mint elevated celluloid tortoiseoid pickguard with the Mar. 30, ’09 stamp and the abbreviated L-bracket to hold pickguard to side. You’ll find “The Gibson” inlaid in pearl on the head plate, “The Gibson” and floral pattern on the slide-on tailpiece cover. Although the piece shows the lightest signs of playing it is 98.5% free of use and wear and those that exist are minute, including small finish marks at the large body scroll. It is, truly, one of the cleanest F-2s we have seen and the fact that it was made in 1924, the optimum year for any Gibson mandolin, is the icing on the muffin. Soundhole is bordered in twin rings of rope marquetry with a black retainer on each side and celluloid at the center.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Superb condition
  • Brown, red, orange sunburst
  • Truss rod


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