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    Re: Help Identify This Old Gibson I Bought

    A humidifier would be a good idea. Anything below 35 - 40% is bad for wooden instruments, as well as rapid drops in humidity.
    Otherwise, wipe it off after you play, and keep it in the case.
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    Re: Help Identify This Old Gibson I Bought

    The best way is probably to look through the sound hole. Mahogany will be decidedly brown, and old maple will be a dirty white or a light gray in color.
    And to find the width of the guitar, measure...
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    Re: Help Identify This Old Gibson I Bought

    Spann's lists of factory order numbers are not complete. Also, a special order instrument would not necessarily be included in his list of models. I believe that any model could be special ordered...
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    Re: Haze in French polish

    Shellac flakes have a shelf life. If the flakes haven't dissolved completely after sitting in alcohol overnight, they may be too old.
    You can filter through a cheap paper towel.

    According to my...
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    Re: Haze in French polish

    Haziness can be caused by trying to build too much finish in one session, not waiting long enough between polishing sessions, or building the finish too thick. Let it cure for a few days, and see if...
  6. Thread: 5 string tenor

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    Re: 5 string tenor

    You can discuss it once more with your customer, but don't try to influence him too much. Then let him come to his own decision and build what he asks for.
    He might prefer wide string spacing.
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    Re: 1957 EM200 disintegration of tuner buttons

    The Stew-mac buttons are guitar sized, and are different in size, shape, and color from the originals. 8 of them will cost $27+ by the time you pay for shipping, and take around 3/4 of an hour to...
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    Re: 1957 EM200 disintegration of tuner buttons

    Yes, that's the best solution. I'm glad a drop-in replacement set is available now. A few years ago no one was making them.
    And when you consider the cost of 8 replacement buttons and the time it...
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    Re: 1957 EM200 disintegration of tuner buttons

    When those Kluson buttons go, they go. There's no way to stop it.
    Your choices are to either replace the buttons or replace the tuners.

    It won't sell if a buyer can't tune it. If you're worried...
  10. Thread: 1901 Gibson?

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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    D'Addario J74 is the absolute heaviest string I would use on an oval hole Gibson.
    I make up my own sets. 10 1/2 - 14 - 24 or 25 - 38 or 40.

    Push upwards on each end of the brace while the...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Mandola Model A

    In short, they are truly rare and we do not see them often.
    I hear of perhaps one or two of them every two or three years.
    I will add that I do not visit ebay.
    Of the handful that have come to my...
  12. Thread: 1901 Gibson?

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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Well, the additional pics have me stumped.

    The yellow to light brown sunburst top finish reminds me of my father's 1966 ES-175. The electric guys are now calling that an "iced-tea burst."

    And...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    By the reference I used for tension calculations, 6 lbs more [3 lbs per string]. Or about 199 lbs total. More if you also jack up the D's.
    Doesn't matter. 1 or 2 lbs over the critical limit is...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    Worn tailpiece from a 1917 A-4:

    187141187142

    Observe the brass showing around the edge.
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    The fleur de lis inlay is probably the work of Union Pearl Works, who replaced Aumann Brothers Pearl as Gibson's major inlay supplier circa 1930. See Spann's Guide to Gibson, pp. 57 - 60.

    The...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    I wouldn't put too much stock in the accuracy of old Gibson catalog descriptions. An example: they described all of their mandolins as having maple backs and sides, but all models below the F-4...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    I have seen these with heavy plating wear, exposing the brass beneath.
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    That is a model A-4, most likely from the late 1920's or very early 1930's.
    I would like to see a different picture of the front, taken in different light, and also a picture of the back.
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    That is a stock Gibson tailpiece cover that was used on most of their mandolin models except the F-5 from about 1910 to 1930, and continued to be used on some models until WWII.

    It is somewhat...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    . . . And warps, bends, distorts, and cracks when subjected to very high tension . . .

    Think long and hard before you string a mandolin this heavily.
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    Banjo parts: Smakula Fretted Instruments, Elkins W. Va.
    Bob Smakula is the best person to talk to about odd size banjos heads. He is very knowledgeable and very helpful.
    www.smakula.com
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    Re: ISO mandolin teacher Chattanooga, TN

    I am in Chattanooga and have been teaching for thirty years.
    PM me if you are interested.
  23. Re: Tenor Guitar Question: Convert an old guitar or pull the pick

    Can't tell for sure from the pictures, but the strings appear to be just about laying on the last couple of frets.

    There should be at least 5/64" clearance between the top of the 12th fret and the...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    I'll bet a nickel that one or more of the last few frets is loose or high, or that there is a rise in the fretboard over the body, or a combination of all of these.
    Look it over again very...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Good luck, John. I did one something like that some years back. Like yours, they didn't leave me as much old spruce to graft to as one would wish for. May the spirit of creative carpentry guide...
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