I have an old plain A model Gibson, from the teens, I think. #Just A, no logo on the headstock, just the inside label. #I bought it awhile back for $500. #Great sounding old mando. #I have since then put another $500 in necessary repairs and replacement parts. #A questionable #investment, perhaps, but I could never have sold it for much with the problems it had. #And now I have a pretty neat old mandolin...
....EXCEPT, now I'm considering a fret job and a bridge (and/or saddle) replacement. #Both of these things will improve it's tone and playability considerably, in my hopeful opinion.
I hope my estimate for these items of less than $300 is close. #
My question is, am I getting in too far with this thing? The mandolin has a very sweet, fat quality, but has gotten somewhat 'muddy' sounding, I think due to the worn frets and poorly cut saddle slots.
I will be disappointed and somewhat poorer if I have the work done and I can't #notice any improvement. #
I could sell this mando for a fairly good sum (it's quite playable as is) and get something else, but who knows what and for how much?
What's the best advice from you luthiers and vintage owners? #I could use some encouragment...