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    Default Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    We've heard of extreme measures taken to get a Virzi Tone Producer out of a Gibson mandolin. But have you ever seen one that was taken apart in order to get a Virzi into it?

    Rather crude butchery here, but an intriguing concept!

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    Default Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Beautiful job on the headstock inlay, lol!

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    If mandolins were movies, this would be The Exorcist.

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    Default Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    ...Rather crude butchery here...
    But it says on the label that he's an acoustic engineer, so it's okay, right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    If mandolins were movies, this would be The Exorcist.
    Or maybe RoboCop? Or The Island of Dr. Moreau?
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    Isn't that Virzi rather immense? Most likely a Virzi tone remover. The Virzi brothers would be appalled.

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    I've seen a load of basket cases in my time and that puppy really fits the mucho ugly bill man! WoW that Virzi is hideous!

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    On the bright side, it could be a good project provided it plays and sounds good. What I see is a peghead that could be reshaped into a shakehead, plus it has a truss rod. The "virzi" could be removed if needed (might sound great as is, heh heh..) Anyway I see a 100 year old Gibson with a case for $400 -- maybe they will take even less?
    Anyway, if you don't need a pretty one it might be fun, IMHO. Obviously, it would never be original and if you wanted to bring it back to like new condition it would cost too much.
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    You could try cutting that Virzi down to a more reasonable size. Or take it out and put it into a mandobass.
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    Default Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    On the bright side, it could be a good project provided it plays and sounds good. What I see is a peghead that could be reshaped into a shakehead, plus it has a truss rod.
    That's assuming that it actually has a truss rod, and not just a cover...
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    I'm pretty sure that no actual Virzi's were harmed in that installation. This kind if takes your breath away and not in a good way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I'm pretty sure that no actual Virzi's were harmed in that installation. This kind if takes your breath away and not in a good way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    But it says on the label that he's an acoustic engineer, so it's okay, right
    Well, actually it says he's an "acustic" [sic] engineer. Which seems fitting, somehow . . .
    He also says he's a GAL member [Guild of American Luthiers], which seems rather unsettling.
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    Might have a truss rod from the factory. The replaced tuners are modern spaced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Well, actually it says he's an "acustic" [sic] engineer. Which seems fitting, somehow . . .
    He also says he's a GAL member [Guild of American Luthiers], which seems rather unsettling.
    Well, on the first point, as an MIT grad, I do not associate literacy with engineers of any stripe. In fact, freshman ‘humanities’ was feared by many. On the second point, I checked just now: The GAL is open to anyone, just send money. However, saying something is a guild does have a residual implication of qualification.
    This I would call misleading.

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    On the second point, I checked just now: The GAL is open to anyone, just send money.
    On a similar note, years ago I was trying to buy some freon to charge my car air conditioner. The auto parts store refused to sell it to anyone who was not an ASE certified mechanic. I contacted the local Ford dealership and asked how I could become ASE certified, they gave me their phone number and I called them (keep in mind, this was before the internet.) I got a free form in the mail with a simple 5 minute test and I filled it out and sent it back. I week later I got a wallet card that, indeed, says I am a certified ASE mechanic. I took it to the auto parts store and bought my freon.

    I still have that card, but would not consider myself qualified to work on anything more complicated than a lawnmower....

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    You'll need some of this:
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    You'll need some of this:
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