GIBSON F5 mandolin #73??? or 74001
Signed by Lloyd Loar July 9, 1923
- Poorly refinished back (only)
- Strip, re-stain and varnish back
- 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?