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Vivi-Tone Acousti-Guitar by LLoyd Loar 1936

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When Lloyd Loar left Gibson in 1924, he used the freedom to experiment and develop very unique and progressive guitar designs.
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Pre-owned Instrument with: 1 Year Warranty
Condition: Good
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Vivi-Tone Acousti-Guitar by LLoyd Loar 1936

Lloyd Loar together with partners Lewis Williams and Walter Moon established the company ViviTone in late 1933. This Vivitone Acoust-guitar is from 1936, it features an unique design and it’s a rare find. The guitar is built with a high standard, most certainly Gibson of that era kind of quality. Also the deep V mahogany neck profile feels familiar to vintage Gibson players and the ebony fretboard is equipped with bar frets. The ivoroid body and neck bindings match the narrow headstock with an ivoroid veneer and screened Vivi-Tone logo. But that is not what makes this guitar as unique as it is.

The radical and eccentric design is that the guitar basically turns the guitar inside out a bit, making the arched solid spruce back as much as a soundboard as the top. This soundboard back thus, is responsible for producing the sound, therefore it is recessed into the back for it to avoid contact with the. It features two small soundholes under the bridge and two f-holes on the hand carved back to project the tone to the audience and the player. The sunbursts reminisces of Loar-era Cremona Brown Gibson finishes and the headstock is equipped with the original open back Grover tuners. The condition of the this rare ViviTone is Good as It has a great playability but one crack on the top and two cracks on the back, all have been repaired in the past, however these repairs probably won’t win cosmetic prices, constructively they are fixed. Besides that it has the kind of wear you can expect. Travels in an old but newer case that does not fit the instrument too snugly.


Body Shape: Parlor size
Finish: Hand Rubbed Sunburst
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Top Material:

Solid Spruce

Solid Hand Carved Spruce Recessed Back

Lefty No
Body Details: Ivoroid Bindings, Dual Small Soundhole, Floating Fretboard.
Neck Material: Mahogany 
Neck Profile: V-Shape
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 16”
Neck Details: Tilt-neck neck block, 
Nutwidth: 45.4 mm - 1 25/32"
Scale Length: 620 mm - 24 7/16"
String spacing: 57.5 mm - 2 17/64"


Tuners: Grover Open Back Original Tuners
Pickup None
Condition: Good
Cosmetic Condition: Rightful playing wear.
Repaired crack on the top, two repaired cracks on the back
Tech Notes: -
Travels in: Vintage Hardshell Case
Accessories: -