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Signed and dated by Lloyd Loar on March 31st 1924
Headstock: Slanted 'The Gibson' logo with added rhinestones
Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays start at the fifth fret
Body: Birch back, has Virzi Tone Producer
Hardware: Short, bound pickguard, wrap-over tailpiece, three on a strip tuners
Images courtesy of Gary
The guitar pictured here belonged to Gary's Grandfather, Frederick Hill who was born in 1884 and died in 1934.
Gary tells us: "He passed away when mum was nine years old, 25 years before I was born. The L-5 had been stored away in its case for a lifetime.
"I don't have much information, though we do know that he was a minister in Ontario, Canada. How he came upon the Gibson remains a mystery. That guitar was expensive in 1924 and I doubt he purchased it new. Unfortunately, everyone that knew him has now passed away."
Like the L-5 pictured above, this F-5 Mandolin was signed by Lloyd Loar March 31 1924. A similar pattern of rhinestones has been added to its headstock. Could it have belonged to the same person as the L-5?