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    Default Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    I came across a photo I'd like to share. I'm hoping someone might narrow down the instrument the Lloyd Loar is holding. The picture is from the 1906 Oberlin College yearbook the Hi-O-Hi. I believe Lloyd to be in the back row, far left.

    No captions or identifications are given for the photo, but he was identified in newspaper articles as having been the head of the mandolin club for 2 years. I am identifying Lloyd by comparing him to his photo with the Fisher Shipp Concert Company from a c. 1911 brochure, in which he's holding a Gibson F-2.

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    Default Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    Looks a bit like a Martin but I'm no real expert.

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    Default Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    I also think it's a Martin.

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    Default Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    That is my first guess so far too. I know someone out there must be in the know about old Martin mandolins...

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    Default Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    Possibly a "Style 4" made between 1898 and 1914.

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    Default Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    From the looks of the cutout at the top of the headstock, it looks like a Martin Style 4. Here's a website with some reference photos:

    http://www.vintageinstruments.com/mu...l4fulpage.html
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    1925 Gibson F4
    1964 Fender Mandocaster
    1989 Kentucky KM-DAWG
    2012 Gibson F5 Master Model
    Various lesser stringed instruments

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