This mandolin, the Prodigal 5, is one of 12 mandolins made (beginning in 2003) that were based on the one A-5 mandolin produced by Lloyd Loar.
The mandolin was ordered by Dr. William Griffith, head of the Griffith School of Music in Atlanta, GA. It was, as Dr. Griffith called it, and F-5 "without points."
The original A-5 stayed in the Griffith family into the 1950s when it was then purchased by Tut Taylor. Taylor owned it until the 1970s when he sold it to a collector of all things Loar. In the 1990s, Tut borrowed the mandolin to record on a project, and at that time Taylor's son Mark took measurements, drawings, and x-rays of the mandolin with the intention of building a similar mandolin one day. Here we have one of these mandolins.
The mandolin sounds much older than its years, even though it appears somewhat unplayed. There's some finish checking between the bridge and the fretboard, so do know that. This model was supposed to have come with a pickguard and also nickel Waverlys, but this particular model appears to have had neither.
The original stamped and engraved tailpiece is in the case; with the mandolin now sporting a heavier cast tailpiece. Most importantly, this mandolin sounds terrific, so please give it serious consideration.
- Dated July 17, 2003
- Serial Number: 03005
- Master Grade Spruce top
- Bookmatched Flamed Maple back and sides
- Ivoroid body binding
- Flamed Maple neck
- Ebony fretboard
- Ebony head veneer with pearled engraved truss rod cover
- Ivoroid fretboard binding with Ivoroid fret ends
- Nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with pearloid buttons
- Ebony adjustable bridge
- Ebony saddle
- Bone nut
- 1-1/8" nut width
- 13" scale length