1935 Vivitone Mandolin by Lloyd Loar VG These are found less often than the guitars that were produced by Lloyd Loar's Vivitone company in the mid thirties. This one plays well and sounds better than the others I've heard (a couple of which were equipped with pickups). One of the two labels insides guarantees full credit for an upgrade to the electric model provided it is done by the end of 1935. The radical design has the odd soundhole in the spruce top and violin style f-holes in the spruce back which is inset into the sides. The sides have aged with an odd rippling effect. There is one un-repaired crack coming up from the bottom on the back. The headstock has the art deco Vivitone logo and the tuning pegs are original as is the pickguard and the case. The very nicely intonated bridge is likely a replacement as is the Gibson tailpiece from the twenties. There is a well repaired longitudinal crack running along the neck that is solid and poses no issue.
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