1924 Gibson Tenor Lute?

1924 Gibson Tenor Lute?

I have and play a 1924 Gibson Tenor Lute (TL 1) model which is not a lute at all. It is a tenor banjo neck on a A shape mandolin body. It is very rare as only 89 were made by Gibson in the 1924 time period. Never to be manufactured again.

I have my TL tuned and play it as an octave mandolin. Does an member have a 1924 Gibson Tenor Lute or has any member ever seen one? Thank you for your reply.

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Seen one at a store. Didn’t have time to play it unfortunately. How does it sound?

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Not bad, but somewhat different from an octave mandolin with only four strings.

However as I wait to find a Korean made Trinity College OM to purchase, it serves the propose to learn scales and chords.

I treat it is as a “Home” party piece. I seldom take it to sessions as it is too valuable and non-replaceable.

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The Gibson tenor lutes I like are the 8-string ones (4 courses of 2 strings each, like an octave mandolin). I “courted too slow” many years ago, waiting too long to buy one from John Lundberg in Berkeley. A real beauty, and in retrospect the name “REX” crudely etched by a pocketknife should only have increased its charm….

PG

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Thank you for the photos lead. The tenor lute shown has been sold.

My TL is in about the same condition but without an original case.

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Does somebody have a contact of OP? I’ve tried to contact him via PM but no success yet

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