Lloyd Loar / Loar-signed F5 mandolin
lloyd loar ball bearing tone chamber | ball bearing banjo
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Loar Signed F5 mandolin / Loar signed L5 guitar
Virzi Tone Producer | tap tuning
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The life and work of Lloyd Allayre Loar

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We are excited to announce the publication of the most definitive text on the life and work of heralded musician and acoustical engineer Lloyd Allayre Loar. The story begins with Loar's birth in Cropsey, Illinois, and explores his work as a young musician, his relationship with Sally Fisher Shipp (Lloyd's first wife), his time overseas supporting the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI, his work at Gibson including the development of the F5, H5, K5, and L5 Master Model instruments and the Mastertone banjos, why and when Lloyd left Gibson, his work with Jacobs Publishing as a music magazine editor, Lloyd's professorship at Northwestern University, the development and demise of his ViVi-Tone product line, memories shared by Lloyd's second wife Bertha, Loar's consulting projects with other instrument manufacturers, his method books and musical scores, his involvement with the Virzi Tone Producer, the amazing discovery of Loar's personal instruments, his patents, and much more.

This 206-page book is accompanied by more than 320 photographs of people, instruments, and documents, some never before published.

Roger's research on Lloyd Loar spans more than 50 years and includes his interactions with such notable resources as Gibson historian Julius Bellson, Gibson's past-president Ted McCarty, Lloyd's widow Bertha, and others. The first-ever detailed roadmap of Lloyd Loar's life and work from his birth in 1886 to his death in 1943.

Foreward by George Gruhn

Watch this 6:32 minute introductory video about Lloyd Loar - CLICK HERE

• 8-1/2˝ x 11˝
• 206 pages
• 322 photographs

• 1 pound 10 ounces