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    Re: Broken 1924 A-Jr Refinished

    And a possible candidate for a new top . . .

    "A little smushed:" . . . possibly equals "sat upon??"
    Anyone want to practice their carving and varnishing skills?
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    It would seem to me that if the binding extends below the joint between the top and the linings, this would complicate removing the top at the neck and tail blocks.
    You could cut away 1/8" of the...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    I worked in a factory where a bean counter's decision to save 20 bucks per unit on parts cost the company $500 - $1000 per unit in warranty repairs every time the parts failed.

    And yes, I'm aware...
  4. Re: High end Mandolin shops between Oklahoma and Nashville

    A long way out of the way, but Morgan Music in Lebanon Mo. has 3 Gibsons, an Ellis, and some Northfields in stock.

    In Nashville: Gruhn Guitars, Carter Vintage, and The Mandolin Store. Even...
  5. Re: Looking for advice for a 1918 Gibson Model A

    Your mandolin appears to be salvageable.
    I do this sort of work. I am in the Chattanooga area.
    You are welcome to pm me.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    If you're skilled at measuring and have a good rule, it's easier to determine which spacing you have if you measure from the first post to the last, instead of from the first post to the second. ...
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    To clarify--

    The Stew-mac Golden Age tuners, part numbers #2511 and #2512, have the correct post spacing for Gibson A models made after the mid 1920's. These tuners can be recognized by the...
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    Re: Sorry, another Maandola string qeustion

    I haven't used the Thomastiks. If you go with more conventional strings, I recommend 12-20W-32-49 or 50 for an H-2. You might just have to experiment to find the tone that suits you. If you want a...
  9. Thread: 1940's GIBSON f4

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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    I found the one you're looking at. The listed price is actually higher than the one I linked to. That link is working now.
    For the extra money, you do get the fancier peghead and an original case,...
  10. Thread: 1940's GIBSON f4

    by rcc56
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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    I spent some hours with this mandolin many years ago and thought it was very good: reverb.com/item/52762666-gibson-f-4-1939-sunburst -- NFI-- I have no connection or experience with the seller.
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    Re: Gibson H2 Mandola

    Spann's work replaced the older serial number tables that had been in use for decades.

    That's because Spann was able to access some factory records that were not available when most of the...
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Removing and replacing a fingerboard always entails a certain amount of risk to an instrument, no matter how good the worker is.
    Unless there's a compelling reason to pull a fingerboard, I recommend...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    Misaligned joints require some method of pulling the instrument back into shape and holding it in position until after the glue is applied, the joint closed, and the glue has set. Sometimes it can...
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    It might possibly improve the sustaining qualities of the instrument a small amount, perhaps 5 to 10%. Any changes other than that will be negligible.
    The instrument will be easier to play, and...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    To do it right, perhaps +/- $200, maybe a bit less if the pulled-out area will move back into shape without too much coercion.
    That's using hot hide glue for the repair.
    If you haven't already done...
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    Re: What's this? 0-3-2-0

    If you're looking for the name of the chord produced by 0-3-2-0, with the first 0 being your open G string, it is a G13 chord.
    A 13th is a jazzed up 7th chord.
    It's composed of a 7th chord with an...
  17. Thread: Stable Cracks

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    Re: Stable Cracks

    It's a good idea to check repaired cracks every now and then.
    Depending on the size and location of an active crack, its effect on the structural integrity of the instrument may be very small, or it...
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Your choice.

    FWIW, I've installed modern frets on dozens of old Gibsons. A large number of the ones that I've done were for a couple of well known professionals.

    On occasions where some of...
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    Re: 1909 Gibson mandolin

    . . . and in 1909, Gibson had not yet quite figured out what they were doing.
    Their work would mature considerably over the next couple of years.

    But despite the anomalies we often see in some of...
  20. Thread: Washburn M-1/SB

    by rcc56
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    Re: Washburn M-1/SB

    A couple of things:

    To convert the instrument for left handed playing, it is not necessary to replace the whole bridge. You can just replace the saddle and leave the base alone. The nut will...
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    Re: Mandolin Serial Number Decoder--Gibson

    If nothing has changed since my Gruhn's Guide was printed, the format for Gibson mandolins made after 1987, the format is yrrrmmmd, with Y being the last digit of the year of manufacture, rrr being...
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    Originally, the Master Model labels were reserved for the following then new models: F-5, H-5, K-5, the L-5 guitar, and the TL tenor lute. The mandolin family instruments and the guitar also got a...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    Well, all that I've been able to glean about these instruments since I first heard about them last year can be summed up in a few sentences:

    They are flat top mandolins with an inner plate, some...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    It's a highly viable technique that is largely unexplored.
    Have at it and enjoy. When you get good at it, pass on to others what you have learned.
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    Re: Resale Value - Mandolins from Small Builders

    I've noticed that a lot of builders come and go. Some are very good, some less so. I've also noticed that some builders achieve popularity for a limited amount of time, then fall out of popularity....
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