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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...
  3. Thread: Hybrid X Lattice

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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    I have no opinion on the lapping question.

    I do have an opinion on lattice braced steel string guitars, since I've had a couple go across my workbench.
    My experience has been that they are prone...
  4. Thread: 1940's GIBSON f4

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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    Well, the whiskey spot mandolin is a fairly long drive for you, but it's do-able. You could do a weekend trip and hang out in the mountains while you're at it.
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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...
  6. 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,...
  7. Thread: 1940's GIBSON f4

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    Re: 1940's GIBSON f4

    It's hard to see in the pictures, but there are a couple of spots on the back where it looks like a drop or two of whiskey marked the finish. It doesn't look bad, but it's there. We could only...
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    Re: Adding a pickguard to an Eastman

    I installed a Cumberland abbreviated guard on a Weber F-5 a few months ago. The process should be the same on an Eastman.

    A couple of holes will have to be drilled in the edge of the fingerboard...
  9. Thread: 1940's GIBSON f4

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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: Gibson H2 Mandola

    According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, the factory order stamp comforms to 1914 and the serial number corresponds to 1915.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    All I will say about it is this:

    No finish: Bad for the instrument.
    Thick finish: Bad for the sound.
    Thin finish: Better for sound than thick finish.

    I will add that some of the big...
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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: 1976 Epiphone BG440

    The reason we bought and played Epiphone mandolins in the mid 1970's was because they were all you could get, at least where I lived.
    My experience was that they were good for strumming 2 fingered...
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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    As long as the Grovers are working well, I'm in the replace the buttons on the Grovers camp.
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    Re: ISO Mandolin Luthier

    If you're in northwest Georgia, you're welcome to pm me.
    I'm in the Chattanooga area.
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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...
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    Re: Sam Bush plays Clarence White’s mandolin

    There's a good chance that this is the mandolin Clarence played on Gene Parsons' "Kindling" album, cut in 1973.
    Clarence played mandolin on 2 songs: Drunkard's Dream and Banjo Dog.

    Drunkard's...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    There's a 3 point black top F-2 with original finish at Gruhn's for less.

    www.guitars.com/inventory/mf9146-1908-gibson-f-2

    It's been there for a while. They would probably consider a...
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    To each his own. I prefer the old mandolins, and have had no qualms about putting modern frets in mine.

    I've always been comfortable with flat boards. I did have one mandolin with a radiused...
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Yes, the choice of the luthier is important.

    If the intonation is good on the instrument and you want a radiused fretboard, it can be done using the existing fretboard.
    Some of the 1921 A models...
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    Re: Gibson A4 Conversion

    We would need pictures of the mandolin to determine its condition and the quality of any work that has been done to accurately estimate its value.

    The value of the mandolin would be dependent on...
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