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Read the current issue of VG. These included the violin-style arched back, smaller bodies with a slimmer profile, improved neck angle, and the elevated pickguard. InGibson debuted the adjustable truss rod and adjustable-height bridge — ideas from factory superintendent Ted McHugh. Though Loar is often credited with introducing f-shaped sound holes, parallel tone-bar bracing, and tuned air chambers, none of those ideas were new. Loar was also strongly influenced by the Virzi Brothers — builders of violins, violas, bass viols, and the infamous Virzi Tone Producers; he encouraged the use of Tone Producers in Gibson instruments beginning in Williams, an original partner in the Gibson company.

He was a gifted marketer who created the dense, flowery prose in early catalogs.

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The mighty Bach and his contemporaries could not be persuaded to leave the harpsichord with its inferior capacity and power of expression for the piano, yet where is the harpsichord today? Then, it was harpsichord versus piano; now it is guitar versus harp-guitar! His friendship with Williams likely dated to this period.

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In many ways, Loar was the perfect prop — a known performer and educator with an excellent reputation as an intellectual in the fretted-instrument community. Factory documents reveal Williams had to find other jobs to keep Loar busy, including working at various times as credit manager, purchasing agent, repair manager, and production manager. As further evidence that Williams viewed Loar as a marketing tool, he was allowed to be absent from the factory during July and August each year, in order that he might tour.

Loar also had time to dream up his string mando-viola, an unusual instrument Gibson evidently declined to place into production. Even the ing and dating of the famous Master Model labels another brilliant marketing idea was done in quantity then installed as needed, as evidenced by the fact they appear in an out-of-date-order sequence compared to serial s, as well as the fact only 34 ing dates appear on the labels covering the total Master Model instruments.

It describes him as a quiet man, classically trained musician, concert artist, and educator.

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His tenure at Gibson is briefly mentioned but without reference to the Master Model instruments. To date, no known recordings have surfaced with Loar as performer, and the obit indicates he was simply a well-liked and capable classical musician. The obituary is also a clue to the disastrous original response to the Master Models. The H-5 mandola and K-5 mando-cello failed for the same reason. The failure of the Master Models to recoup development and production costs was likely an important factor in the dismissal of Williams, who had proven unable to see the end of public interest in the mandolin, and perhaps unwilling to change course.

There is nothing in the minutes from meetings of the board of directors to indicate strong disagreement.

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In fact, over his five years with the company, Loar is hardly mentioned. Evidence suggests he left quietly, and nobody really cared. Loar went on to a successful academic career, registered 20 patents, experimented with electric pickups and, in formed the ill-fated Vivi-Tone Company with Williams. But, for a man believed to have reached such great heights of creative genius inhe was never able to replicate the process. De credit is difficult to prove; though often included in patent applications, it is sparse in Gibson records.

This article originally appeared in VG January issue.

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Home Artists Lloyd Loar. Artists Classic Instruments Overdrive. The Master Model instruments created at Gibson in the early s are famous for their sound and build. Lewis Williams with a K-4 mando-cello. Photos of Williams are rare, and no other evidence has surfaced to prove he was actually a musician. Gibson promoted the violin-like construction of its instruments even after the departure of Lewis Williams and Lloyd Loar.

Supporter and friend Lewis Williams had been released a few months earlier and the firing of Harry Ferris front row, fourth from left was only months away. Lloyd Loar in Master Model L-5 The obituary is also a clue to the disastrous original response to the Master Models. Axe-Calibur Guitar Stand Giveaway. Gibson K-5 Mandocello. John Jorgenson. Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by .

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