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    This is a great video- George describes his personal Loar L5, and talks about what makes it special to him



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    Great talk George! Thanks for posting that Dan, It made my morning

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    After staring at every feature for the entire video the only thing that would be an asthetic improvement to me would have been worm over gears so the knobs would be more centered in the peghead. Of course George would bristle at the suggestion.

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    What a great story! Early happy birthday, Mr. G.!
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    Wow, I thought that George had one of those already, though maybe not a Loar-signed one. I do like his comment that the guitar suggests things to him in playing. I get that!

    I could never afford a Loar L-5 but I was lucky to acquire a post Loar one with very similar features. I never like the slightly later 16" ones with the block inlays. You can see mine on this vintage L-5 site.

    Dan, feel free to add mine to the archive, if you like. Take photos from the link above.

    I love the look and the tone of that small archtop. I am and was a big fan of both Mother Maybelle Carter and Eddie Lang so was thrilled to come across this gem.
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    I was hoping to hear more playing, at least a few nice color chords so we could try to hear what he hears.
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    I am not sure that it would come across online. In my 30 minutes playing a Loar signed F-5 I hear lots of things but they were subtle nuances tones that I doubt would be obvious if it were posted online.

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    What an insightful and touching tribute from "The Godfather" of American vintage stringed instruments. He certainly leaves no doubt that this must be a very special guitar. Good on ya George... have a most Happy Birthday!

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    Nice Story. Beautiful L5

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    Dan, thanks for sharing that! George is an absolute treasure! I met him years ago and he took us upstairs in his old building to the real vintage stuff. We played Loars, ferns and prewar dreads! It was a blast. My favorite story about a George, is some guy was trying to buy and old banjo from him. The guy said, if I lay $2000 on the table, will you take it? George said, “yes, I’ll take it, but you’re still not getting the banjo!”.

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    This is an extremely wonderful tribute to his guitar (I just listened to it again.) I understand his feelings, although I cannot imagine playing a $50,000 guitar, when I played my favorite mandolins, they felt like "coming home." I get the emotion, and I very much enjoy his passion for the instrument.

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    Thanks Dan! Great Story! Happy Birthday George!

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    He has a lovely voice.
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