This is #1 of 22 limited edition mandolins replicating the only known Gibson A-5 mandolin that was signed by Lloyd Loar in 1923. Known as the Griffith A-5 mandolin, the original was acquired by the famous mandolin and dobro player Tut Taylor in the late 1950's. For the incredible story of the Loar A-5 mandolin, google the Vintage Guitar Magazine article "Crafters of Tennessee Prodigal 5" by Steven Stone, or click here to read.
This is the first of the Prodigal 5 Mandolins hand built by Tut Taylor's son Mark Taylor. The label inside is hand signed by Mark and Tut Taylor and dated April 18, 2003. Its serial number is 03001.
The mandolin has no issues. It has a carved spruce top, a highly flamed carved maple back, and highly flamed maple sides and neck. The neck is straight. There is very minor wear on the first five frets, but this does not affect the playability of this mandolin. All parts are original. The hardware is gold plated, the adjustable bridge and the fingerboard are of ebony. There is some crazing only on the top nitro lacquer finish, none anywhere else. The mandolin comes with a brown rectangular case that is a copy of the original Loar mandolin case. Also included are two books: one is a documentation of the history of the Loar A-5 and a photo essay on the building of this Prodigal 5 mandolin, and the second book is a biography of Tut Taylor called "Tut Taylor - The Flat Pickin' Dobro Man". Both books are signed by Mark Taylor.