Bill Monroe is often referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass". He has had a tremendous impact on both bluegrass and country music. A fabulous performer, he always used his 1923 Gibson F5 "Lloyd Loar" on stage and off! Mr. Monroe's mandolin served as the inspiration for this Limited Edition F5. This instrument is #170 of only 200, each of which was personally hand-signed by Bill Monroe himself!
Completely Hand-Crafted, this mandolin features a tight grained Master-Grade Spruce top with gorgeous Flamed Maple back and sides! It has no pickguard because Bill Monroe didn't use one. This Gibson Monroe has incredible volume, balance, and clarity.
One of the most outstanding qualities of this instrument is the true Varnish finish! This type of finish is hand-rubbed and very labor intensive to apply. It usually takes at least one year for this finish to fully "set"! Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more. This makes the mandolin sound more "broken in" from the start. Typical of any original Lloyd Loar model, the finish on this fine instrument has very small cracks in the "Lloyd Loar" curl, and at the neck join. Even so, because the difficult-to-apply Varnish finish also creates a very special, warm tone that sounds deep--with a lot of definition, Gibson was emphatic in its resolution to use this very time-consuming, but very essential finish! The Hardshell Case that came from Gibson with this lovely mandolin is a replica of Bill's original case.
This extraordinary Bill Monroe Gibson Mandolin has never been owned, and is waiting for just the right player to cherish it for a lifetime!
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