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  1. Re: Bridge - Gap vs no gap at base of bridge on an F5 style mando

    I hear you man! Its like some days you pick up your horn and you can't make a mistake and everything sounds so great and your pulling wicked tone, the next day your axe sounds off and everything you...
  2. Re: Replica bridge and pickguard for teens Gibson A

    I can only think of Darryl Wolfe or Paul Fox for the guards. Original clamps can be found, I found one for 100 bucks awhile back-that seemed fair as I've seen people want way more! The bridge I have...
  3. Re: Bridge - Gap vs no gap at base of bridge on an F5 style mando

    Adrian nailed I do believe! I only fit full contact on all my keepers, I've also straightened out top dents from trad. bridge feet hammering on a top for 80-90 years! Tone is so subjective anyway, we...
  4. Re: Handel buttons on Stewmac Repro tuners?

    Huh I thought the Mike B. handel replicas were drilled all the way through? I got a set of those from a guy that came on an Altman F-5 with Waverly tuners, and he sold me the buttons. I bet you could...
  5. Re: Handel buttons on Stewmac Repro tuners?

    Well if they are old Handels-that are glued on original shafts-I doubt they'll come off in one piece? Now there were bowlbacks with handel buttons and they are drilled through but not real easy to...
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    Re: Poor Old F2!

    Ok I don't want to rain on your pick guard issue but during 1 or 2 years guards looked a bit like old school Dalmatian TShell! I wonder if thats just how it aged as to me it doesn't look...
  7. Re: 14 string vintage bandurria H T Tunica Chicago

    Yeah man, I wanted the case! It looks like a later teens M&W case-with Loar green interior! So I figured the case is 1919-21?
  8. Re: 14 string vintage bandurria H T Tunica Chicago

    Yeah I offered a "realistic" offer and the price got jacked up-I just wanted the sweet case! Looks like that will sit for ever but suckers are born all the time
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    Re: Waiting for new(old) mandolins

    I just scored on a very old Pocket Mandolin! I was just in Erie PA killing time while Dad was in Chemo, I hit an Antique store and found one, nice tuners, well made, clamshell tailpiece assembly,...
  10. Re: Gibson A-50 1939 - What do you think?

    I've had many of these and a few were really great-one I had was the best, in tone and volume-its hit and miss with these! One can do some modifications to make them better. Your guard is a replica,...
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    Re: Waiting for new(old) mandolins

    Neat on both of them! I like the pocket mando! Very handy for hikes etc..
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    Re: My Gibson F5G....

    My first serious mandolin was a 2000-2001 F5-G, It was a good one! I sure wish I had her back, it resides in Europe I think.
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    Re: NMD - Stradolin

    Nice! Looks like that body could take a 5 scale neck! Mmmm
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    You should be able to take some pliers-needle nose and widen the metal D rings, they'll come right out. Please don't take out the whole ring bracket on a Loar case!!!!
  15. Re: Why do early Gibson A oval holes sound so mellow? Any researc

    Well, slightly heavy construction and a very shallow neck angle.
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    Re: 1912 Gibson A

    Nice! Yes as Eric said most of it, yep an original owners name-owners. I've had quite a few old Gibson's and have seen many with Names, initials wrote on the inside on label, by label, inside treble...
  17. Re: Get Well Soon Dennis! (Owner of The Mandolin Store)

    Dennis is a great individual on all accounts! Many prayers have been sent and many more shall continue!
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Now some of those early Ferns from say 1926-27 have a lot of Loar F-5 characteristics such as same type of super carving of the top and back plates-wood selection, hardware, not to mention a few used...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott Tichenor!

    Happy B-Day to our FEARLESS leader of the greatest web presence on this thing we call the internet:cool:
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    That one on Reverb-well gone now, I'd say 1926?
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Late 1924-early 1925 would be the "Unsigned" Loars!
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Yes there are only a handful of true "Unsigned" Loar F-5's! They are all in Varnish finish with the Dark Cremona shades of color, I think all have Gold plated hardware with the same tuners, hardware...
  23. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    I personally think that Gibson had a serious load of parts just laying around from say the teens and 20's, so I think in Depression era Gibson's they used whatever was laying around, they didn't...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    While that's a mighty fine "unknown-not in the archives"1926 Gibson Fern F-5, its for sure not an "Unsigned" Loar! The Unsigned Loars are from 1925 and Varnished, same everything as say a Dec. 1st 24...
  25. Great article! Scott is one of my favorite...

    Great article! Scott is one of my favorite players, whatever he plays is seriously tasteful. It was real nice meeting him and playing a bit on his 39, its a great mandolin.
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