Rockdale: I also have what I believe to be a 48 F5. I guess you could say that I'm very familiar with it and some other Favilla's.
I own three, and I like them because they are just honest hand made guitars. Nothing fancy. Not Bad/not great. Being less pricey they did not get much respect from players and are often found in rough shape. My first Job was down the block
from Tom Favilla's store in South Huntington. He was in the process of slowing the business down and getting more into electronics, and computers. Other than just listening to him speak about guitars the coolest part of the store was the front window which as I remember showcased parlor, and harp guitars that just blew my mind. I purchased my F5 off E Bay, and I received the guitar pretty much crushed. Out of respect for the instrument I decided not to turn it in for the postal insurance, but to repair it. I was working for Mirabella guitars at the time so I had a great shop at my disposal. I took the back of only to find that most of the fan bracing was broken or loose. This was removed, and the decision was made to X brace it. A few days after I started to play it my nine year old knocked it over snapping off the headstock. Again it was repaired. The guitar lives on a stand where it can always be in reach, and it is now her go to guitar because as she says it has mojo. I would love to see a few pictures if you would like to send them to me at Zygek@optonline.net
. I can also send a few. I have a feeling that after a certain time most Favilla bodies were constructed the same and later fitted with either a steel string, or classical neck as desired since they were made with dovetailed necks.