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Mar-17-2006, 11:45am
Well...MAS impulse has struck again! #I happened to see a 1924 Gibson Ajr on Eb** and couldn't resist. #UPS just delivered her to the office. #Part of the inability to resist was that it is serial number 75967...which meant to me that presumably LLoyd himself was 'in the house' when it was built. #It is typical of of the period (Sheraton Brown with snakehead and 'V' neck.) #Although I didn't get the OHSC or pickguard I must say this thing is pretty neat looking and sounding. #

A couple of questions for the guru's....

1) The neck is straight, however, the action is slightly high. #Instead of shaving the one piece bridge, I think I would rather simply save the original and replace it with an adjustable bridge to complete a proper setup. #Will a modern adjustable bridge adversely affect the finish and or top of the instrument?

2) How do you attach a strap to these things? #The tailpiece does not contain an endpin?

Thx in advance!

Darryl Wolfe
Mar-17-2006, 2:07pm
I would get a Loar type repro adjustable bridge. You may find that you like the sound better with it.

I believe you can install a guitar type strap button on the bottom screw hole of the tailpiece. I can't recall for sure whether that screw if out from under the cover or not. You are pretty much stuck with the peghead for the other end

Mar-17-2006, 2:52pm
Thanks Darryl. # I appreciate the advice! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Mar-17-2006, 8:26pm
You can wind a piece of leather, say from a Spurgeon strap thru, the tailpiece end, there should be a channel in the metal to do this, then attach the other end behind the nut. Otherwise, change the tailpiece and get one with an endpin.

Mar-17-2006, 11:37pm
There does appear to be a channel, Neal. I think I'll try a single leather 'shoelace'. Thx for the tip! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif