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Signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on March 31st 1924

Headstock: Diagonal 'The Gibson' logo

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlay starts at fifth fret

Body: Birch back with maple sides

Hardware: Silver plated metal parts including wrap-over tailpiece and three-on-a-strip tuners. Bound pickguard, Virzi Tone Producer fitted. Has its original hardshell case

Notes: “The neck on this guitar has the profile and  sunburst pattern of a late 1920s L-5 rather than a Loar-period guitar,” says Walter Carter. “There is finish touchup around the neck heel that is of a slightly redder shade than that of a typical Loar L-5, so it was either held back at the factory or returned to have the neck re-shaped. It's factory work, and from a playability standpoint, it's an improvement.”




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Year shipped: 1924

Serial Number: 76699

Virzi Number: 10174

Photographs above courtesy of George Gruhn and Eric C Newell of Gruhn Guitars (

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L to R: Lloyd Loar signed F-5 mandolin, H-5 mandola and L-5 guitar.


This guitar was owned by Zac Brown (above) in 2014 and used on the CD from the Zac Brown Band

Remainder of the images on this page courtesy of Carter Vintage (