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Goodin
Nov-14-2008, 12:11pm
http://cgi.ebay.com/Late-1800s-early-1900s-Gibson-Mandolin-serial-45_W0QQitemZ170277973281QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item170277973281&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A3|39%3A1|240%3A1318

TomTyrrell
Nov-14-2008, 1:06pm
Looks like the same guy who worked on Gail's "new" F project worked on that one. He must have had two bottles of glue!

Goodin
Nov-14-2008, 1:35pm
looks like the tuners and tailpiece are not original. maybe refinished? lets get some more expert opinions;)

MikeEdgerton
Nov-14-2008, 2:51pm
The label looks odd, it looks like a Xeroxed copy.

mandolooter
Nov-14-2008, 3:19pm
The serial is a 4 digit number so since it starts with 45__ it would be about a 1906 A...very similar to mine 4043. Not the original TP, bridge looks to be, tuners also.
Here some made right around it...http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/list_mandolins.pl?all:2

mrmando
Nov-14-2008, 3:23pm
What about that endpin? Is it original?

mandolooter
Nov-14-2008, 3:29pm
nope

allenhopkins
Nov-14-2008, 4:33pm
Don't let the "professional Portland luthier" who re-did the headstock (if that's who did it), anywhere near any of my mandolins.