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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    2. It will make your life easier to recess them and cover with a strip. CF doesn't respond well to sandpaper, scraper, plane, or any other tool that you might try to use to true up the neck surface...
  2. Re: Want flat fretboard, at least 1 1/8" nut width. Suggestions?

    I will add that teen's Gibson oval hole mandolins have wide nuts and flat boards.
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    Re: new bridge for flat top?

    Well, that puts a different light on the subject.

    A couple of easy things you can try . . .

    Try a thicker banjo bridge. A new Grover or Golden Gate tenor banjo bridge might suit the situation....
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    Re: new bridge for flat top?

    As far as I know, no one makes an off-the-shelf adjustable bridge for a flat top mandolin. And yes, many flat tops are going to require a lower bridge height than can be accommodated with a factory...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Who knows? I could look it up on Guitar Center's website, but I'm not going to take the time.
    I shouldn't have to hunt for a company's products.
    There are other alternatives that are easier to...
  6. Re: Want flat fretboard, at least 1 1/8" nut width. Suggestions?

    You could arrange a trip to Nashville. Between Gruhn's, Carter's, and North American Guitar [formerly Cotten's], you'll have plenty to look at. There's nothing like putting your hands on a bunch of...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Gibson banjos were discontinued in 2009 or 2010. American made Dobros have also been out of production for a long time.

    Imported Dobros are still available. Epiphone still offered a banjo last...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    No, they haven't completely given up mandolin production. They are still producing mandolins in very small quantities.

    So far, their restructuring has consisted of closing the Memphis plant and...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    I don't see any reason for any attitudes.

    Gibson does not list mandolins in their on-line catalog, and hasn't listed them for at least a couple of years.

    Only one or two brick and mortar stores...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Looks like someone grabbed it up.
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    What we know:

    The Mandolin Store has 3 new Gibson mandolins in stock, and one that is used.
    Morgan Music is listing a new F-5G in stock.
    Guitar Center/Musicians' Friend is listing several models...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    On mine, there is one screw through the resonator disc near the perimeter; plus a hook that wraps around the coordinator rod, comes through the resonator near the hinge, and is secured on the outside...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    A trap door could indeed have been installed with 3 screws in those places.

    A replica can be made with the following materials:
    An 11" x 14" mahogany board, 3/16" thick
    1 piece of ivoroid...
  14. Thread: 1902 or 1905

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    Re: 1902 or 1905

    Early Gibsons were finished with varnish. They probably used more than one type.
    Spann's Guide to Gibson places 4716 in the year 1905, which is a very early Gibson indeed.
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    1. According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, your banjo was made in early 1925.

    2. Gibson experimented with resonators during this period, and used at least 2 types-- the trap door and the...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Keep practicing. Try it both with and without a wash coat.

    The reason some of us use a wash coat is to avoid uneven color absorption, but it changes the rest of the process and slows it down. ...
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    The only cracks that I've been able to completely hide were on rosewood or mahogany that had been finished with nitro or French polished shellac, and that takes a lot of luck and patience.

    An...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Two prolific luthiers:

    1. Antonio Stradivari. Surviving examples: at least 602 instruments. Estimated total production: 1116 instruments.
    These numbers do not include instruments with a...
  19. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    I have measured many pre-war Gibson fingerboards. In short, all of them are at least a little bit off, sometimes within reasonable tolerances, sometimes not.
    It seems that the fret placement gets...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Denatured alcohol can cause problems with aniline dyes, shellac, and nitrocellulose lacquer. These materials and violin-makers' oil varnish are the only things that I use. I have had problems with...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, the shellac goes on the bare wood. Only a very thin coat. You can rub it in with a lint-free piece of cloth. Thin the shellac at least 30% with Golden Grain or Everclear booze. Don't drink...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Next time, try sanding with 220 followed by 320. You can never sand enough. Clean up with a tack cloth. Follow that with a wash coat of thin shellac. Let dry for at least 48 hours. Follow with...
  23. Re: Vintage Gibson---Anything Other Than Ebony for a Teen's Gibso

    Yes, they occasionally used rosewood. It can be considered to be rare. I only recall seeing it on low model A's.
    I've also seen striped ebony used.
    Original Gibson bridges usually have a patent...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    I'm going to suggest that you put away a bit more money, and then make a weekend trip to Nashville. There are plenty of old Gibson F-4's up there, ranging in price from $4500 to $7500 [the imaginary...
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    Re: Looking for F-4 string recommendation

    I make up my own sets: 10 1/2-14-24-40. Sometimes I use nickel for the wound strings, sometimes bronze.
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