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Bob Sayers
Feb-03-2008, 2:51pm
Been meaning to post this for awhile. Found it in the pumpkin patch last Halloween morning.

Bob

Bob Sayers
Feb-03-2008, 2:54pm
Here's my current pair. Love those Gibson colors!

Bob

John Hill
Feb-03-2008, 3:06pm
Nice pair! That should cover all the bases for you. I've always liked the looks of the Benson models and never heard one that didn't have wonderful tone.

Bob Sayers
Feb-03-2008, 3:14pm
Thanks, John. I love the Benson model, too. Mine is number 3 of 50. The narrow V-neck has taken some getting used to (especially compared with the wide F-2 neck); but it sounds wonderful.

Bob

Baron Collins-Hill
Feb-03-2008, 3:22pm
i looooove that pumpkin. ooooh that thing is amazing. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Bob Sayers
Feb-03-2008, 3:28pm
I'd been lusting after a pumpkin top F-4 for several years, especially after seeing a couple posted by Mandolin Cafe members. #But then this 1915 F-2 came along and I just couldn't resist it. #It's simple and elegant--and sounds beautiful, too. #Ah, contentment...

Bob

John Hill
Feb-03-2008, 3:31pm
Know what you mean. While I'm waiting on my BRW F-5 to get finished up I'm starting to jones for a F-4/2 like yours.

woodwizard
Feb-03-2008, 3:34pm
Those Gibson's are beautiful. I want a F4 so bad!

Don Grieser
Feb-03-2008, 4:14pm
A modern pumpkin, Pomeroy A.

Don Grieser
Feb-03-2008, 4:16pm
Pumpkin back too.

John Hill
Feb-03-2008, 4:23pm
Beauty there Don, love the finish on those Pomeroy's.

man dough nollij
Jun-05-2009, 12:26am
Bumping this thread to see if I can find good pictures of pumpkin tops and wine-colored backs ala early Gibson A models. I've looked through the archives, and haven't found the pics I'm looking for yet.

Here's the story: I'm working with Bill Bussman on the order of an oval "A" with mesquite back and sides, and a cedar top. I'd like a pumpkin colored top and deep wine colored back and sides, like an old Gibby. I'd like to have some good pictures of the punkin' and red to show him what I have in mind. Any pics of non-Gibson makes that aim for the old "A" vibe would be particularly great.

Uncle Choppy
Jun-07-2009, 5:58am
Probably not much help, but here are a couple of pics of another Pumpkin Pomeroy A2:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3550/3485869527_f76a972563.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3322/3485871049_30ee0f734b.jpg

I wasn't after a specific vintage look, but I wanted a Pumpkin top and a contrasting brown back and sides. I left the exact shade details up to Don but I didn't really want a deep wine red - more a red/brown sort of shade. He did a lovely job and put some very subtle "burst" effects on it.

I had asked for a plain back and sides with no back binding, partly to keep the cost down and partly because I prefer this look to the more extreme quilt and flame. As it was, Don used some maple with a subtle, organic flame that I think suits the A-style very well.

Just a small word of warning. Be careful when asking a builder to match shades from digital pictures! All monitors display color differently and digital cameras tend to accentuate red shades.

If I had my time again, I'd probably request a less orange shade for the top - something more like the beautiful faded finish on Bob Sayer's F2 (it's sort of half way between Pumpkin and blonde). Still, if I hang on to the Pomeroy for another 90-odd years, it might get there :)

You might want to check out the Weber Custom Vintage A (http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/WCVA.htm) in Pumpkin. These have more of a "winey" shade on the back and sides and might be closer to your ideal shade?

Cheers
Brendan

gibson mandoman
Jun-07-2009, 10:16am
Great looking pair of Gibsons you have! I would love to own another F-2 or F-4. May'be someday!

John Bertotti
Jun-07-2009, 11:40am
man dough nollij have you seen the latest pick from Bill in the mandolins in progress thread? Is the red used on mine close to the color you are after? @ndr post up from the bottom on pg 100

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80&page=100



Poor ole Bill was a mixing mad man trying to get the red I was looking for. Tuff color to describe in words.

Jack Roberts
Jul-24-2009, 10:17pm
A pumpkin and a cherry.

John Flynn
Jul-24-2009, 10:27pm
Bumping this thread to see if I can find good pictures of pumpkin tops and wine-colored backs ala early Gibson A models. I've looked through the archives, and haven't found the pics I'm looking for yet.

Here's the story: I'm working with Bill Bussman on the order of an oval "A" with mesquite back and sides, and a cedar top. I'd like a pumpkin colored top and deep wine colored back and sides, like an old Gibby. I'd like to have some good pictures of the punkin' and red to show him what I have in mind. Any pics of non-Gibson makes that aim for the old "A" vibe would be particularly great.
Lee, I had an Old Wave oval A that was cedar over mesquite in my possession for a few months. You are in for a treat. Loaded with GHS Silk and Steel strings, that was one of the sweetest sounding mandolins I've ever played. Not quite as loud as my spruce over maple Old Wave A oval, but definitely sweeter.

man dough nollij
Jul-24-2009, 10:33pm
Cool. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to pick up some paua abalone in New Zealand on the way out for the soundhole rosette. I may even get some raw shells from restaurants and cut the abalone. Wouldn't it be cool to have paua from an abalone that I actually ate on my mandolin? Kind of like Cedarhog and his elk Newell. Fun stuff.

crazymandolinist
Jul-25-2009, 6:16pm
Anyone know where I can buy seed packs for them pumpkins?


(if that pun's been used before, bummer)

PhilGE
Jul-25-2009, 6:56pm
Lee - when Bill built my Old Wave, I asked him to darken the edges of the top just a bit, like a very slight fade/burst. Here are two photos that display different color tone. Take your pick - it's the same instrument!

-Phil