This consignment 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin (76547) remains in fine original condition, reportedly having only come to public sale from the original owner’s family for the first time about 20 years ago or so. Showing some signs of play wear and a single common repair, it remains in very nice shape, rewarding the player with a richly complex voice that is even across all strings past the octave. The Adirondack spruce top features fine grain at the edges and very fine grain at the center, showing a translucence that glows beneath the dark sunburst finish. The Maple back and sides show a randomized rolling figure, while the neck has a gentle and even wide flame figure. The silver plated hardware is all original and works well. The colorful abalone fern inlay in the headstock is an early example of this 1924 cosmetic detail change from the flowerpot. The silver plated truss rod cover features the original owner’s name “Chas A Carter” engraved in delicate script. The original pearl nut has no cracks or damage. The fingerboard binding features the black line below the cream. The pickguard fits tightly with the original posts and there are no rattles. The bridge shows no wear and the adjusters work smoothly. The Virzi (10114) is intact and has no rattles. The tailpiece is free of rattles and retains all of the original string teeth. Except for a few top dings and a few shallow sliding pick marks, the body finish is very clean. The finish on the rear of the neck shows wear in the lower positions. The A string frets show wear up through fret #6 and the fingerboard shows fingernail wear up to fret #5. The one repair is the common headstock scroll crack, with no breaks in the original binding. This responsive instrument has excellent volume and a rich, smooth quality that speaks in even balance across all strings. The original rectangle case is in fine working order, though the exterior fabric shows some rips and wear at the corners and edges. A very fine Loar F-5 mandolin.
An advance appointment is required to auction this instrument, since it is not kept at the shop.
Another nice photo set showing the current condition is also found at www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/76547
On YouTube: Folkway Music – 1924 Gibson Lloyd Loar F5 Fern
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