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Kevin K
Oct-07-2004, 11:02am
Does anyone have a picture when Bill was mad at Gibson and scratched Gibson out of the headstock?


Oct-07-2004, 11:31am
Hey Dan! - Thanks for posting that pic. - "A picture is sometimes worth....." - http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Kevin K
Oct-07-2004, 11:39am
Thanks for sharing!


Oct-07-2004, 11:41am
I'm still looking for a nice close-up of that peghead, pre-repair...


I'll post the pics I have of it when I get home from IBMA, but none of them are nice close-up shots....

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-07-2004, 11:49am
Courtesy of:

picture site (http://www.bgcollector.net/)

Oct-07-2004, 12:04pm
And Darryl... ; Thank You!!...(never saw that one!)- RIP "Big Mon" - http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Oct-07-2004, 12:12pm
Why aren't more of you Loar owners doing that? It's fashionable now! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Kevin K
Oct-07-2004, 12:58pm
Thanks Darryl, I've never seen that picture before either.

Fashionable, Compton wears a The cap he got at some festival.

Nathan Sanders
Oct-07-2004, 1:53pm
Just wonderin'...in the close up picture of Monroe's scratched out peg head above, is Bill extending his middle finger on purpose or what? Just a casual observation....

Dan Cole
Oct-07-2004, 1:56pm
Here's another form the BGcollector.net web site. #I'd like to have a nice print of it. On the photo earlier, that is one ugly suit pattern!

Oct-07-2004, 2:33pm
I was thinking the same thing TKE878.

Oct-07-2004, 2:52pm
with the huge G-price increase thread, and their new marketing policy, i think all of you loar owners should follow big mon. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Oct-07-2004, 5:36pm
No, the thing now is anger management

Oct-07-2004, 6:03pm
Agreed Pete!

Oct-07-2004, 6:04pm

Oct-07-2004, 6:12pm
Thanks Darryl and Mr. Komoriya...

Great shot!....

Oct-07-2004, 10:33pm
you'll notice Big Mon had a problem getting replacement tuners in those days too! From 50's and 60's closed back Klusons to preLoar F4 Handel tuners he made them do the job. I would say Monroe has changed more mandolin strings on the same mandolin than any other musician that ever lived.

Oct-08-2004, 8:29am
Hi Kevin,

Here's a little more info on the "The" cap Compton has.

I was in the mandolin class at Nashcamp a few years ago - Compton was the instructor. #That week, by the way, was the best musical expierence ever.

One of the guys in the class came up with the "The" cap idea as a gift for Compton from the class. #He got a "The Gibson" cap at the Gibson store at Shopryland and spent quite a bit of time with a razor blade taking the embroidered "Gibson" off the cap leaving just "The".

We all signed the inside of the cap and gave it to Compton the last day of Nashcamp at the Station Inn.

We had Mike come down to Memphis for a workshop last spring and he does still wear the "The" cap.

Pretty cool tip of the "cap" to Big Mon as well as a little jab at Gibson.

John Gay

Kevin K
Oct-08-2004, 8:49am
Hey John, You doing OK? How's that Daley mandolin sounding?

Nashcamp, that's right I forgot about you guys talking about that. The workshop in Memphis was one of my best musical memories ever. There was a lot to soak in that day.

Enjoyed the picking on the river at Savannah too July 4th weekend. Great playing!

Oct-09-2004, 11:44pm
Here's a pic of when he got so ticked, he plugged up the F-holes (gum & chewing tobacco, I'm told) & converted it to an F4. #X-braced. A little-known fact.