Gibson 1923 F5 Mandolin
The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan is still world-famous for its musical instruments. In the early part of the 20th century they were more famous for their mandolins than their guitars, especially when Lloyd Loar came on board in the 1920s. Loar was a luthier, who is now mentioned along with names like Stradivarius, Orville Gibson, C.F. Martin, and even some of the pioneers of the electric guitar Leo Fender and Les Paul. Mandolins designed and built by Loar for Gibson during this period are now considered the most collectible and playable instruments by musicians and collectors alike. Mike Mullins recently made a trip to George Grunh’s Guitar Shop in Nashville, Tennessee and got to sit down with a 1923 F-5.