The Loar Quartet

The Loar Quartet

A quartet of Master Series instruments – F-5 mandolin, H-5 mandola, K-5 mandocello and L-5 guitar – signed by Lloyd Loar himself. These instruments, especially in this grouping, are exceedingly rare. There are only six known Loar-signed mandocellos in...
The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels

The heroes of the Shaw Collection, this exhibit features a 1933 pre-war 12-fret Martin D-28 (one of only 27 ever built), a 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin signed by Lloyd Loar, and a 1955 Fender Stratocaster, among others.
F5 Mandolin

F5 Mandolin

Lloyd Loar (1886-1943) and his team of luthiers designed and developed the magnificent F-5 Master series mandolins at what was known then as the Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Company, introducing them in 1922. Close to 275 are known to have been made under his direct...
The Evolution of the Mandolin

The Evolution of the Mandolin

See how this 18th century Italian instrument evolved to become popularly associated with the high lonesome sound of American bluegrass when put in the hands of Bill Monroe.
Maker Exhibits

Maker Exhibits

Three exhibits in the gallery are dedicated to legendary makers of guitars and mandolins. The Gibson display includes an exceedingly rare 1938 Gibson SJ-200, dubbed “The King of the Flattops.” A 1938 Martin D-45 headlines the Martin exhibit, one of only 91...