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    Hey all, bought this new Gibbie off Reverb, and it looks like itís barely been played! Sounds amazing as well, have wanted one of these for a long, long time!! Link to pics: https://imgur.com/gallery/VwbvVDK

    On a side note, have any of you ever had any issues with the single action truss rod in the neck? Iíve read they barely have any issues, but still, Iíd like to ask myself.
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    Fingertips of leather Bill McCall's Avatar
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    That mandolin doesn’t have a truss rod.
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    Looks great! Love oval A mandolins. Probably why I have my OldWave. I would love one of those old girls as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    That mandolin doesnít have a truss rod.
    Good to know 😂🙏🏻 Now I have nothing to worry about!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    Looks great! Love oval A mandolins. Probably why I have my OldWave. I would love one of those old girls as well!
    Thanks John! Yours looks real good too, Iíve actually never heard much of Old Wave, they look really nice for sure!

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    Wow, looks like it just came off the factory floor! How does it sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Wow, looks like it just came off the factory floor! How does it sound?
    It sounds fantastic! Thereís a great balance across all the courses; no excessive bassiness (that can plague these old Gibsons) on this one! Itís got a great tone to it, sometime soon when I record a tune, Iíll get something for ya!

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    Looks great!

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    Comhghairdeas - nice looking old A there!
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    Bill is correct, no truss rods in Gibson mandolins until 1922 but with much beefier necks, truss rods were not needed in earlier mandolins. No worries on that front. Congratulations and enjoy!!

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    It looks very nice. It's amazing that it looks so pristine after all these years. Congrats on the find!

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    IrishPicker10: That is certainly a well-preserved >100 year old Gibson! I hope you play the potatoes out of it. It may pick up some distressing, but it needs - is begging - to be played hard!

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