George Washburn, The New Washburn, Latest Mandolin, number 27142. Cremonatone Chicago Exposition award label. Measures 7"x22"x5.5". Prominent mandolin collection from Westchester, New York estate. First time to market. Collection spans a century. Please refer to pictures for condition. Please bring help, tools, boxes, wrap, blankets, tools, equipment and the appropriate vehicle for SAFE removal. None will be available on site.
George Washburn M-2S, Mandolin, serial number 1242. Pickguard detached. Case is Superior and being green lined. Prominent mandolin collection from Westchester, New York estate. First time to market. Collection spans a century. Please refer to pictures for condition. Please bring help, tools, boxes, wrap, blankets, tools, equipment and the appropriate vehicle for SAFE removal. None will be available on site.
Duchossoir's book, Gibson Electrics, The Classic Years, features a photo of a Gibson L5, serial number 88258 of 1929 (after Loar left Gibson), one of the original Loar-designed L5s, with fitted electrostatic pickup and factory-fitted jack socket in the tailpiece.
The F5 model was made famous by the founder of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Monroe played a Gibson F5 model serial number 73987 signed by Loar on July 9, 1923, for most of his career. This mandolin can be viewed in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, where it now resides in their collections.
Loar also signed a rare subset of F5 mandolins called Ferns, of which approximately twenty are known to exist. The name refers to the distinctive fern inlay design of the peghead. The earliest documented Fern bears the serial number 73755, dated July 9, 1923, the same signing date as Bill Monroe's famous Loar. This is the only known Fern built without the "Virzi" Tone Producer, a secondary sound board suspended underneath the mandolin's top inside the sound chamber. This particular instrument is the only known Fern dated on 9 July.
In 2007, mandolinist Chris Thile acquired a 1924 Loar-signed F5 serial # 75316 that was an exceedingly rare find, as it was in virtually new condition. It reportedly cost him around $200,000. Other well-known musicians who have owned Loar-signed F5's include John Paul Jones serial # 75317, Mike Marshall, David McLaughlin, Herschel Sizemore, Alan Bibey, Tony Williamson, David Grisman, John Reischman, Tom Rozum, Frank Wakefield, and the late Joe Val serial #72207. 2b1af7f3a8