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ash89
Nov-03-2008, 5:23am
couldn't resist posting this pic that gail sent me
of the still to be finish sanded back wood that she chose
for my f4, plus a peak at the side.

comin' with me back to australia..

really looking forward to this one..:popcorn:

Skip Kelley
Nov-03-2008, 8:08am
Very nice! You got the right builder for that style mandolin! Keep the pictures coming!

JEStanek
Nov-03-2008, 8:36am
Lovely! Gail is carrying the torch for those teens Gibson ovals. Great choice.

Jamie

lmartnla
Nov-03-2008, 9:48am
That back is really interesting looking and I look forward to seeing it stained and finished. I have an f4 obsession. How long will your neck be?--Lou

woodwizard
Nov-03-2008, 10:00am
Very nice. Congats. Her work looks like perfection and very true to tradition.

Jake Wildwood
Nov-03-2008, 11:22am
I'd love to see a mando like that simply varnished and left natural... :)

The "Whyte Laydie" of mandos!

ash89
Nov-03-2008, 2:26pm
That back is really interesting looking and I look forward to seeing it stained and finished. I have an f4 obsession. How long will your neck be?--Lou

lou,
we're going for the length they made 'em in early 20's.
i haven't actually tried one before, but
i believe similar to say, the late teens 'a'.
fwiw... the whole hybridizing thing isn't this luthiers' cup of tea..

ash89
Nov-03-2008, 2:37pm
I'd love to see a mando like that simply varnished and left natural... :)

The "Whyte Laydie" of mandos!

i know what you mean, and the natural patina in about 50 yrs
would be something...

but this one's destined to be luminous warm cremona.

mrmando
Nov-03-2008, 2:56pm
I have an f4 obsession. How long will your neck be?
Mine is longer than it ought to be, after rubbernecking at Gail's mandolins.

ash89
Nov-04-2008, 4:06am
Mine is longer than it ought to be, after rubbernecking at Gail's mandolins.

i guess some things are better off being left alone..

Gail Hester
Nov-06-2008, 7:09pm
Part of the fun in building mandolins is getting to share in the customers enthusiasm and excitement. Tony has been really fun to work with on this mandolin.

I just finished inlaying the headstock so here are a couple more pictures.

JEStanek
Nov-06-2008, 7:42pm
That inlay is far from traditional... and it looks wonderful. Will you be using magnets to hold the TRC in place instead of screws?

Jamie

Gail Hester
Nov-06-2008, 8:09pm
Thanks Jamie. The design calls for slotted Silver screws for the TRC, then Silver Waverly tuners to go with the small amount of Silver wire in the inlay.

ash89
Nov-06-2008, 9:54pm
gail,
just saw the above pics, and wow, am quite speechless.
the inlay is gorgeous.

did i ever doubt that design...?? :whistling:
high and lonesome here we come!

lmartnla
Nov-06-2008, 10:21pm
The pattern on the back reminds me of the pattern I picked for my Phoenix Europa by Rolfe Gerhardt. I wanted a one piece back and it had to include more of the center part of the board. I like it's different look.

I have a 1917 F4 and would very much like to have one like Gail Hester's (yours) too. Is your fingerboard going to be raised or on the top like the original F4s? From your picture it looks like it will not be raised.
--Lou

Chris Biorkman
Nov-06-2008, 10:40pm
Nice inlay, Gail.

lmartnla
Nov-06-2008, 10:51pm
Is that a Virzi in the Gail Hester avatar? Will there be one in this mandolin?

ash89
Nov-07-2008, 1:27am
gail's better to describe the virzi to you,
but no, we're not having one in this '4'.

Stephanie Reiser
Nov-07-2008, 2:40am
Gail, that is an awesome inlay.
I loved the inlay in the first F-4 very much, too.
Good work!

Sitka
Nov-07-2008, 3:58pm
Thanks a lot. It was hard enough to wait for the A5 that she's gonna build for me in her next batch. Then, you have to go and make it worse by posting these pictures...:)

Looks great! That's a fine looking inlay!
Micah

ash89
Nov-08-2008, 1:11am
no worries.
the patience will pay off...

Ken Olmstead
Nov-08-2008, 11:20pm
Ash - you are one lucky guy!

Gail - you build some beautiful mandolins!

ash89
Nov-09-2008, 8:58pm
thanks, all, for the well wishes.

will post more pics as they are available.

all i can say is that gail is a pleasure to work with
and a great human being.

Dave Greenspoon
Nov-10-2008, 8:19am
Let me add my sense of wonder to the beauty of Gail's work. I appreciate any builder who takes pride enough to put her/his name on the top of their product. Gail, if it sounds half as good as it looks, this axe promises to be exquisite in every way.

woodwizard
Nov-10-2008, 9:46am
Ash, I bet that baby is going to sound so gooooood!!!

B. T. Walker
Nov-10-2008, 10:04pm
Mmm, mmm, mmm! That's going to be beautiful.

ash89
Nov-23-2008, 6:38am
well, gail just sent us this teaser this evening.

looking good..:whistling:

Skip Kelley
Nov-23-2008, 3:19pm
The mandolin looks great!! It is getting closer!!:mandosmiley:

ash89
Nov-26-2008, 2:44am
just got these two of the '4' with first undercoat.. hanging out to dry.:cool:

a good mate of mine reckons he can see an outline of jerry garcia's face
circa late 70's early 80's period in that back wood...somewhere..

Tom C
Nov-26-2008, 8:52am
Giggidy ,Giddidy, Giggidy
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2007/03/quagmire.jpg

woodwizard
Nov-26-2008, 10:29am
Wow!!!!! Now I'm really getting excited for you. Looking good!!!!! Beautiful one piece back for sure! :mandosmiley:

Michael Cameron
Nov-26-2008, 8:59pm
Very trippy back.

Good on ya!

c

Ken Olmstead
Nov-26-2008, 10:26pm
:

a good mate of mine reckons he can see an outline of jerry garcia's face
circa late 70's early 80's period in that back wood...somewhere..


:)) What is scary is I think I see what he is seeing!

That is insanely beautiful man!!!!!!

Gail Hester
Nov-26-2008, 10:55pm
I hope Tony doesn't mind if I post a couple more pictures, still scraping the binding. This color will lighten a bit when I apply the varnish. This mandolin is Red Maple and Red Spruce.

frankenstein
Nov-26-2008, 11:59pm
nice !!

mandozilla
Nov-27-2008, 1:27am
Gail your work is excellent. That headstock inlay is gorgeous! Is it an Iris? Iris is my personal favorite flower. Impressive. :grin:

Geoff B
Nov-27-2008, 2:34am
Classy! wow! Nice work!

grassrootphilosopher
Nov-27-2008, 3:17am
I like the traditional sunburst.

ash89
Nov-27-2008, 6:05pm
Gail your work is excellent. That headstock inlay is gorgeous! Is it an Iris? Iris is my personal favorite flower. Impressive. :grin:

yeah, chose the iris as it's my fav too,
but maybe also because the original 'fleur de lis'
like say what's on say the '28 'a4' is styled after the iris...

guitharsis
Nov-29-2008, 5:56am
Wow. Awesome looking mando. Great work, Gail! Congrats Tony!

Tripp Johnson
Nov-29-2008, 7:44am
Congratulations, that is gorgeous!

Mark Walker
Nov-30-2008, 8:07am
I concur with everyone else! Beautiful work, Gail! Can't wait to see the conclusion of that beauty! :)

woodwizard
Nov-30-2008, 12:50pm
Unreal! It just keeps gettin' better and better! You are so lucky to get that baby. Conrats.

Gail Hester
Nov-30-2008, 9:11pm
Here are a few more pictures, between coats of varnish. The color is a little off due to the flash.

ash89
Nov-30-2008, 10:28pm
coming together well gail! :cool:

Ken Olmstead
Dec-01-2008, 1:04am
ooo baby, does that ever look sweeeeeeetttttt!!! I can no longer say that I see Garcia in the back, which is probably a good thing! :) That is getting very exciting!!

Gail Hester
Dec-01-2008, 1:32am
I changed the lighting a little.

ash89
Dec-01-2008, 6:08am
now, that's interesting.... magic even..

besides being a true improviser, and lover of musics from coltrane
to james brown and marley and bill..
garcia turned lots of us on to old time.. among other things ; )

JEStanek
Dec-01-2008, 9:21am
Gail and Ashe,
Wow! That'll be a long time keeper. Beautiful to watch it get better and better with each post.

Jamie

Skip Kelley
Dec-04-2008, 4:59pm
That is one sweet looking mandolin!

woodwizard
Dec-04-2008, 5:06pm
I changed the lighting a little.

**********:)) :)) I See It! I see it!! :grin:

Gail Hester
Dec-29-2008, 7:55pm
Tonyís F4 is finished and was sent off today. Since Tony is on travel and away from his computer Iíll post a couple last minute pictures. I apologize for the lighting and the background.

Chris Biorkman
Dec-29-2008, 8:10pm
Nice work, Gail. It's beautiful.

Skip Kelley
Dec-29-2008, 8:30pm
Gail, that mandolin is incredible. The finish is beautiful! Very nicely done!

Ken Olmstead
Dec-29-2008, 9:56pm
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS GAIL!! Tony, I can't imagine that you are anything less than extatic!

woodwizard
Dec-29-2008, 10:18pm
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS GAIL!! Tony, I can't imagine that you are anything less than extatic!

I concur. Tony you lucky dawg!!! :) GREAT WORK! Gail

ash89
Dec-30-2008, 10:10pm
well,
i'm a'ready to jump that post(person) tomorrow,
hoping i can ring in the new year down here
properly.
here's anticipatin'.....

Michael Gowell
Dec-31-2008, 3:35pm
Just stunning Gail. It's great to see another of yours, and also another new bench made F-4...there seems to have been a modest renaissance of 4's among builders in the last dozen years. I wish someone would please commission a distressed F-2 too...simplicity has its own elegance.

ash89
Jan-16-2009, 7:10pm
well, have just landed back in oz land, yet to get home and awaiting next short flight to get there..
so before life gets back to (ab)normal, couldn't wait to touch base on the new f4.
parden, as i've needed to be off the radar since receiving it, concentrating on family business.
just took a peek in the case and it's weathered just fine, after more overhead compartments and security screens than i'd care to count.

as i've not had the opportunity to even hold many (any) different upscale mandos (or even an f4 for that matter) there's no great comparisons to be made,
but all i can describe this instrument as is phenomenal!

don't think ive heard tones like these -- that just need a little suggestion
to come out and grace the air.
ease of play and sweetness of sound help this basically developing player
seek and stretch to find new territory unexplored.
for all the reasons that were laboured over as to why i'd want an f4,
have been realized with this #026.
(commiserations (sp?) to chuck..!)

physically it's got a character of old lineage built in, out of the box.
'bench made' describes it well.
soneed a time machine to ff>> to many years hence, to see it
with real age on it. say about 50 or so..
it's just gonna get better.

thanks so much gail for all you've created!
put together during a hard and interesting year, it's been a pleasure working with you.

re pics, gail posted a few earlier, but i'd be happy to send any hi res or different ones if anybody wants to pm me, or whatever.

- tony

Gail Hester
Jan-18-2009, 5:18am
(commiserations (sp?) to chuck..!)

No kidding, your F4 probably has marks from where I had to pry it away from him.:))

Thanks for the update Tony and we’re glad you and the mandolin made it home safe and sound.

Thank you everyone for the kind comments on this thread.

ash89
Jan-18-2009, 3:52pm
no worries.
anything to keep the accountancy position at bay.;)

- tony

MikeK
Jan-20-2009, 5:24pm
Wow!! thats a beautiful mandolin you got there

Denny Gies
Jan-20-2009, 6:02pm
Now that's one beauty.

viv
Jan-21-2009, 11:05am
oh LAWD...my jaw fell open when i saw those pics--just exquisite.

woodwizard
Jan-25-2009, 2:08pm
For some reason I have to always come back to this thread from time to time just to drool over your F4 pics. Absolutely beautiful and very traditional looking. That's what I like the best about it. Bet you're really enjoying that baby. I know I would be. Keep pickin'

ash89
Jan-25-2009, 6:32pm
well mike, there's definitely a certain magnetism about this one.

traditional was what i had in mind (even tho i'd never been near one--
just the old 'a'),
and that's what drew me to gail. it just feels old, which is lovely.
and both chuck and gail feel it's superior in some ways to the '24 '4
that they have there.

and enjoying it i am:)

if you want any good pics let us know.
i've promised some for gail.

-tony

ash89
Jun-25-2015, 4:15pm
thought i'd share these couple pics of the F4,
about 7 years on from new..

the finish has mellowed beautifully, and have
only given it an occasional buff up as advised by gail.

i've left it out of it's case virtually all it's time so far, and aside from playing it, absorbing the ambient noise of our house, as well as the not too dramatic changes in our sub-tropical climate.....
..may have hastened it's developing the gorgeous sound it creates..

with it's proper hand applied colour and shellac finish,
it now has the vibe of a fine antique.

as i've been advised that the A5 is now only a few short months away,
i'll be feeling very lucky to the the proud custodian of two of gail treasures..