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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    On a similar note, years ago I was trying to buy some freon to charge my car air conditioner. The auto parts store refused to sell it to anyone who was not an ASE certified mechanic. I contacted the...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    On the bright side, it could be a good project provided it plays and sounds good. What I see is a peghead that could be reshaped into a shakehead, plus it has a truss rod. The "virzi" could be...
  3. Thread: Paypal

    by Jeff Mando
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    Re: Paypal

    Maybe they have changed things in the last few years, but for many years I made most of my income from eBay....back when it was a somewhat new and exciting thing -- no longer the case, resulting in...
  4. Re: Vintage gibson f4 mandolin parts...top, neck, fretboard

    Agreed. As a repairman, about 15 years ago I noticed people selling parts or "project" instruments on eBay. I had at that time about 30 vintage instruments in the backroom that I had planned to get...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I think today "genre bending" is the norm, these days, whereas 50 years ago you were either one or the other.
  6. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Always use your best -- otherwise, what's the point?
  7. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Back to the original posting....

    Antique dealers consider something 100 years old to be an antique. Newer than that is a collectable.

    Not sure where "vintage" comes into play, other than as a...
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    Re: A Loar on Craigslist? Yes sir!

    My take is that any vintage instrument that is refinished and repaired reduces the potential customer base dramatically, compared to a nice original or even a somewhat worn original.

    Wayne...
  9. Re: JML Studios on Reverb (Odd Gibson A Treatment)

    a couple thoughts...

    It has been said the first rule of vintage instruments is never mess with the original finish. The second rule of vintage instruments is never mess with original finish...
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    Re: Bill Halsey's last F-5

    When I first glanced at the title, I read "Bill Haley's last L-5" -- and I thought he played a Super 400! lol

    Sorry, guitar nerd, no mandolin content.

    Rock Around The Clock!
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    Re: Michael Nesmith RIP

    Great memories of watching Mike and the boys on tv as a kid. Hard to imagine today an era with no internet, mtv, you tube. Back then, we had Ed Sullivan and a couple after school shows featuring...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    It is sorta like politics -- even though the answer is clear, both sides feel their opinion is correct.....

    (notice how I cleverly mentioned the word politics without actually discussing any...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Hey, I know the answer to this one....or at least here's my two cents.....

    In the 90's a worked for a large vintage guitar shop where we sold around 200 guitars a month, mainly 40's - 60's Gibson...
  14. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    FWIW, Stewmac sells on eBay with the seller name stewart-macdonald. NFI. They currently have over 1500 items listed on eBay and all have free shipping. I'm sure the prices are adjusted...
  15. Re: Will being a lefty, but playing right handed be more limiting

    I'm a lefty playing right handed. FWIW, back in 1966 my first guitar teacher, Sam Mabe, discouraged me from starting left-handed.

    BEST advice I ever received. 55 years later, playing music,...
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    Re: Beautiful A- Style on Reverb

    That's a pretty one!
  17. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white — get it?

    Sold for $900 plus $50 shipping. NFI. Also, I've noticed eBay is charging sales tax, which is added before you can pay, and can add up on larger purchases -- for those who are new to eBay, longtime...
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    Re: Help me date a Kentucky KM-1500

    My guess was 1988 (this first two digits of the serial number -- the system used by countless Made In Japan instruments from mid 70-late 80's -- including Ibanez, Takamine, Epiphone, Aria, etc.)

    I...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Let's agree these are subtleties and would not be a "deal breaker" for most people, IMHO. Just nicer looking.

    Kind of like saying "what is an attractive person?" In general we could all agree,...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Maybe I need glasses or more art classes, but I'm not seeing what the OP and others are seeing. I think I have a good eye, but I must be missing something. Can anyone explain, for my benefit?
  21. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white — get it?

    My two cents based on working at a vintage guitar shop. Using a vintage pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster as an example of a blue chip investment, 30 years ago a refinished strat could be purchased for...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Good one! I think I can top it......true story -- my friend and I were at a yard sale a few years ago and noticed the seller had a partially used tube of Preparation H on her table. We pointed at...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

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    A year and a half later we are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, besides the obvious loss of life. Initially, toilet paper hoarding, limits on Bounty...
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    I agree with rcc56 -- normal wear and tear on a vintage instrument doesn't bother me. An obvious or bad touchup would bother me......FWIW
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    Re: Loars at Carter’s

    Seems like a great time for buyers.........not so much for people who bought as an investment...
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