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  1. Re: Will I Notice A Difference? Gibson 1917 vs 1922-34

    I've always thought that on the average, the teens mandolins are a bit more responsive, as long as you find a good one. Others may not agree with me.

    Generally speaking, snakeheads have smaller...
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    Re: Struggling with Gibson serial numbers

    Gibson doesn't know anything about their numbers except for their current system.

    For those who want good info on Gibson serial numbers, the best references are Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars,...
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    Re: Struggling with Gibson serial numbers

    We all struggle with Gibson serial numbers from the 1960's, since Gibson re-used serial numbers during that period.

    The number 513831 on the back of the head indeed is the serial number, and...
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    Re: One versus two-piece backs

    The primary causes of center seam failure are environmental, usually insufficient humidification or thermal shock.

    I like the look of a one piece back with a strong narrow figure.
    I once bought...
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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    Well, that's Gibson for you. The label is "supposed" to have a 5 digit serial number, but this wouldn't be the first time that one has turned up with the number missing.

    Anyway, that's a very...
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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    OK. That number is called a "factory order number," and is probably different from any serial number that was printed on the paper label when it left the factory [if it had one].

    Anyway, your...
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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    Chances are pretty good that you might be missing a number. My opinion is that it was made between 1922 and 1929 or so. If the serial number on the paper label is 69245, it was made in 1922; if...
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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    I don't want to disappoint you, but if the serial number you gave is correct, it is unlikely that a sunburst top finish would be original to the instrument.

    The standard colors for that period...
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    Re: Grandfathers Gibson A3 Mandolin

    Absolutely do NOT send it to Gibson. They have neither the resources nor the knowledge to work on antique instruments.
    I'm afraid I do not know of any luthiers I can recommend in Southern CA, but...
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    Re: Finish question on 40's Strad-O-Lin?

    The short answer to your question "is all lacquer the same?" is absolutely not.

    While we generally refer to traditional nitrocellulose lacquers when speaking about instruments, there are now quite...
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    Re: Finish question on 40's Strad-O-Lin?

    I never used to worry about leather until my student's incident, which was about a year and a half ago.
    I will add that this was not a cheap strap, and although I don't remember the brand, it was a...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    The best I know of would be a used Trinity College. They're now $930 new, but with patience you should be able to find a used one for $800 or less.
    I've played a couple of them. They sound...
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    Re: Finish question on 40's Strad-O-Lin?

    It didn't take very long. It was during the summer, and that might have been a contributing factor. It was a brand new strap on an old varnished Gibson A model.
    I think the culprit might have been...
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    Re: Finish question on 40's Strad-O-Lin?

    I recommend that you add a piece of cork between the leather and the instrument, or remove the leather and replace it with cork.
    One of my students had a minor finish reaction caused by a leather...
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    Re: Finish question on 40's Strad-O-Lin?

    No matter what people might say, we don't know for sure what kind of finish is on anything, unless the factory kept records.
    But, it is most likely that a mass produced mandolin built in the US in...
  16. Thread: 1931 Fern

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    Re: 1931 Fern

    That is one of the last of the early style ferns. Archtop instruments front that period are susceptible to pickguard decomposition. I know of another fern from the same period that had a guard that...
  17. Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    Yes, it is an A-K, and appears to be a very nice one.

    Koa varies from highly figured to no figure at all. The majority of koa used by Martin tended to be quite plain. We don't see many with as...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    There's a nice looking 1916 F-4 for sale at Dusty Strings in Seattle for $4750.
    I have no personal experience with the shop, but they have been around for decades and have a return policy. NFI.
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    Re: Wurlitzer Mandolin Help?

    For the record: All Larson instruments with bound sound holes have the binding inlayed or mortised into the wood, rather than just glued to the perimeter of the sound hole.
    Other manufacturers also...
  20. Thread: Pulling a fret

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    Re: Pulling a fret

    Whether to glue, and if so, the choice of glue varies between workers.
    I prefer to glue my frets, and use Titebond liquid hide glue. Easy to clean up, lets go with heat, easy to clean out, and no...
  21. Thread: Pulling a fret

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    Re: Pulling a fret

    Ditto what John said.

    A 30 watt iron plugged in direct will work. You can dial it down if you want, but there's really no need to.
    I miss Radio Shack.

    Kiss the top of the fret slot with 400...
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    Re: Buying a 1911 F2 w/ repaired neck crack?

    This instrument has been discussed previously.

    A well repaired headstock crack can hold for decades. A poorly repaired one can give way at any time. This one looks well repaired, although no one...
  23. Thread: Jazz Players

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    Re: Jazz Players

    I am a now retired professional jazz bass fiddle player.
    I've also played a bit of jazz guitar over the years.
    I always thought jazz improvisation was easier on the mandolin than on the guitar.
    ...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    While I agree that straight hide glue is do-able and best for new construction and most types of repairs including fingerboard replacement, neck sets, guitar bridges, and guitar bridge plates;...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    I have mostly used it in situations where I didn't have a way of getting my clamps set quickly, such as loose braces in old Gibson and Martin guitars.
    I used it last week to glue a loose top to side...
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