GIBSON F5 mandolin #73??? or 74001

Signed by Lloyd Loar July 9, 1923

Repair issues

  • Poorly refinished back

Work done

  • Strip, re-stain and varnish back  (only)
  • Dress frets & set-up

Repair completed  July, 2011

A nice example of a "side bound" July 9th with all original hardware and varnish apart from a previous poor attempt to re-finish the back.
The only other issue with this instrument, other than a rather permanent signature on the back of the headstock by a previous owner ("F.E.Gria"...?), is the de-faced serial number on the guarantee label. One could speculate on a historical connection between these two issues?