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Feb-07-2005, 7:12pm
Here are my two Gibson Master Models. #The one on the right is a 2001, the one on the left is a 2004. #Both are signed by Charlie Derrington. Notice that the 2001 has a one piece back, whereas the 2004 has a two piece back. #Check out the grain in the maple backs. #Also look at how much they differ in color.

Feb-07-2005, 7:14pm

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Jonathan James
Feb-07-2005, 7:21pm
Sweet. Any noticeable difference in tone? Would assume the 2001 is a bit more opened-up...

Feb-07-2005, 7:21pm
WHAT! # 2 Master models...very, very, nice, nice http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-07-2005, 7:34pm
Both mandolins are so close in sound and volume that it is hard to tell. A couple of my mandolin buddies prefer the 2001, I personally prefer my 2004. John

Scotti Adams
Feb-07-2005, 8:10pm
Nice stuff John..your one lucky man.

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-08-2005, 10:05am
Another example of Gibson/Charlie's continual improvement and attention to details. #The 2004 is much closer to original coloring and the burst is located correctly with respect to the bridge for an more pleasing balance

Tom C
Feb-08-2005, 12:24pm
The back on the 2001 looks more Loar like to me as far as wood and burst.

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-08-2005, 1:42pm
You are right in many respects..but..it really depends on the batch/date on the Loar..Feb and July 23 pictured here

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-08-2005, 1:51pm
then we get dark..Dec 23 on

Feb-08-2005, 2:41pm

I noticed that your truss rod covers are white. Did you replace them? Mine is March 02 vintage, and it is a black cover.


Feb-08-2005, 3:58pm
Yes I put the m.o.p. truss rod covers on myself. I just think they look better, even though they are not org. But I still have the org. I really like things org., but in this case oh well.

Feb-08-2005, 4:12pm
Well I must confess, mine is no longer all original either. I scalloped the fret board extension. But then again, I understand that process can be reversed.


Feb-08-2005, 4:22pm
A friend of mine said I should do that too, But that will never happen as long as I have them. Whoever has them say 60 yrs. from now, will be able to say they are org.