Re: Question, “How small was the Gibson Jam Master run?”
I met David Harvey at Kaufman Kamp last year and asked him about my Jam Master. Mine was dated May 13, 2009 and had all the labels in it but no sequence number. David offered to look in his records and tell me what I really had. Here is his reply:
"It looks like your JM was actually # 12 in the build sequence, although we may have used that number on another JM label. My records are a little scattered due to the flood."
So serial number 90513020, approved on May 13, 2009, looks to be #12. And, as I told David, it went to a good home and gets played every day.
I bought mine in early August 2009 from Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO. I had played it late in July and couldn't get it out of my head. The day I bought it, I played EVERY mandolin at Morgan and just kept coming back to it. It was loud, but still had a deep tone. Seems like I paid about $3,100 for it, but I think it was worth every nickel.
Almost 3 years later, I've got it in the shop for some fret work before I go off to Kaufman Kamp in June. Frets needed dressed, but I decided to have them replaced with bigger fret wire (specifically, the kind they use for Webers). I think that will make some of the classical things I play work out a little easier.
Can't wait to get it back!
Gibson Jam Master F Standard #12
Gibson Model A #67336 ca. 1921
Trinity College TM-325 Octave Mandolin