Instruments & Gear: Vintage Vault

John Reischman’s 1924 Gibson F-5

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Mandolin virtuoso discusses and demonstrates his legendary Lloyd Loar mandolin in this Fretboard Journal video.

by Teja Gerken
June 02, 2016

John Reischman has been at the vanguard of the contemporary mandolin scene since he joined the original Tony Rice Unit in the 1970s. He continues to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, but is best-known for leading his own band, the Jaybirds. For more than 30 years, John’s main instrument has been a 1924 Gibson F-5, which many mandolin aficionados consider to be one of the best Lloyd Loar–era F-5s.

In this video, produced by the Fretboard Journal, John talks about how he found the instrument at a music store in Oakland, California, how Tony Rice and David Grisman encouraged him to buy it, and how he feels that it has a somewhat rounder sound than most other Loars. John also talks about his picking technique and plays excerpts from several pieces, demonstrating the instrument’s rich voice.

To hear more of this mandolin, check out John’s performance of “Sail Away Ladies” with Peghead Nation co-founder Scott Nygaard on guitar and instructor Sharon Gilchrist on mandolin here.


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