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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    If you find it necessary to plug old screw holes and drill new ones, you can plug with round toothpicks with the end cut off and a little bit of Titebond to glue them in. I leave them a little long,...
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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    Phil, if you have any lingering doubts, go to Ace Hardware and buy their little 6" metal rule which is graduated in 64ths of an inch. It costs about $5.

    Then, measure again very carefully from...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    A well executed headstock repair may last a lifetime without any adverse effects.
    But the market does not like them. They devalue the instrument significantly, and many buyers will not even...
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    Re: Help identifying old Gibson?

    The modern logo does indeed come in about 1947, first in silkscreen, then changing to a decal in 1954.

    Factory order numbers from the late '40's are inconsistent and not much info is available on...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    The neck angle was changed, but several years earlier-- the earliest 2-pointers, introduced in 1910, had the same angle as mandolins made in the late teens and throughout the 1920's. The bridge...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    I am 1000+ miles from the mandolin, so I can't offer you any opinions on the tone or projection of the instrument.
    However, I will reluctantly suggest that the price seems to be quite high for an...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Many years ago, I visited Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments shop in Philadelphia.
    He routinely carries many very fine violin family instruments, and he happened to have an early Stradivari violin in...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Addendum:

    I've spent the last several days glueing and cleating cracks and glueing loose braces in an F-5G and a 20 year old J-45 guitar that have had a hard life.

    I have nice 20th century...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    I operated in my shop for quite a few years with no power tools at all except for a Dremel with a home-made router base, an electric hand drill and a hand held jig saw. The jig saw does not get used...
  10. Re: Making a bridge setting jig - good idea or not?

    To install a new bridge on flat top instruments with fixed bridges, many of us simply locate the bridge, tape or clamp it in place, measure for the saddle position, drill a tiny hole through the...
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    Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    Stop by Gruhn Guitars also. Although they have less than usual at the moment, new stuff walks in the door every day. And, at the moment, they do have an older Gilchrist model 5. I haven't played...
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    Re: Your best guess??

    The mandolin is an early modern era Washburn. It was built in either Japan or South Korea.
    It bears no resemblance to the mandolins made by the original Washburn Company, which was out of business...
  13. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    Dave Apollon was known to remove the 23rd and sometimes the 21st fret on some of his mandolins so he could get a clear high E and sometimes a high D.
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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    Gibson did make a very small number of A-4's with fancy fingerboard inlays. All were built before 1910, and would have left the factory with inlaid pickguards, and a somewhat different shape to the...
  15. Thread: Monroe's strings

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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Note that these are out of stock.
    So far as I know, Gibson stopped offering mandolin strings several years ago.
    I'm not sure why these are still listed on the Strings and Beyond website.
  16. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    The picture of Jim's earlier mandolin appears to me to show a light radius, while the picture of the later instrument appears not to have a radius.
    Computers and camera lenses can distort pictures. ...
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    Re: Tenor guitar hairline crack

    If hide glue is used, it will look about the same as it does now. Most other glues might darken the crack.
    As a matter of fact, it is possible that the crack has already been repaired. If you take...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Very few good handmade mandolins were being made back then. Monteleone and Randy Wood were making a few, and Gilchrist was just starting to build his first instruments. There were only a few others...
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    Re: Tenor guitar hairline crack

    Many old instruments have hairline cracks. Your immediate concern is that it does not open up or spread. Use a humidifier such as a Damp-it to ensure the instrument does not dry out too much during...
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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    What's wrong with a good quality [not the cheapo] cutter from the hardware store?
    I've got a 35 year old larger size Stanley "made in Japan" cutter that I've used to wire two houses and clip...
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    Re: Monteleones at Rudy's Music

    Well, no matter who the owner[s] are, the seller thinks very highly of his stuff.

    Putting "son of Liz Taylor's" instrument aside, they are asking $39 K [40.9 K on Reverb] for a Monteleone mandola,...
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    Re: Removing "Touch-Up" from a Spruce Top

    Finish repair is a job for an expert.
    I've been working on instruments for decades, and still sometimes refer or farm out finish work to others. Something Sunburst [John Hamlett] has often said is...
  23. Thread: Gibson TG-1

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    Re: Gibson TG-1

    I'd call that a TG-0, since it does indeed appear to have a mahogany top. Although they may have mis-labelled the model on this one, Bernunzio is an honest shop.
    I have seen mahogany topped early...
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    The finish has been compressed in that area from the bridge foot due to string tension.
    If it was nitro, the area could be drop-filled, levelled, and polished by an expert. But that appears to be a...
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    Re: Golden Age Tuners on old Gibson

    As far as I know, the Stew-mac restoration tuners are the only tuners currently being made that will correctly fit these old mandolins. Those of us who own or repair these instruments waited a very...
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