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    Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Good stuff Aidan. I've been hitting the Howl at the Moon in Hoxton now and again, let me know if you're up for one in a couple weeks
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    George Gruhn with his favorite guitar

    This is a great video- George describes his personal Loar L5, and talks about what makes it special to him


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoM1EC7I3w0

    I don't have any pictures yet, though it...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    Hey Vernon.. that's one of only 2 I've seen like it. What happened there to my eyes is a refinish job at Gibson around 1915-1924 or so, as that would be a time that such a color and such a case could...
  4. Thread: Out of my league

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    Re: Out of my league

    About 15 years ago (my my), I wrote this story about the experience of having time on a Loar:

    Loar Diary

    Have a look-see! As to what remains from that experience 15 years later..

    I...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    In Honor of Mr Bill Monroe's 73987 (celebrating it's 96th birthday today!), I think this is an image worth sharing.

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    This scratched logo should remind us all something very important...
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    Re: 10 Questions for Dan Beimborn

    Hello Rush- I'd still go 1922 (ship date) for 70050. The FON looks like you could be right in the middle of Ajrs with similar serials.. here's a sampling (note lots of incomplete data!)
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    New detail on early Style O neck block

    "The Gibson" over the order stamp- this is the first one of these I have seen

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    Re: A little F-4 information

    13100 is also interesting for using the earlier scroll carving style (C-shape instead of S)

    There are a few more scattered that come after 11694 too.. some quite interesting ones to see in there!
  9. Thread: Gibson?

    by danb
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    Re: Gibson?

    Good advice right here.

    The truss rod and adjustible saddles both let you fine-tune the set-up a bit more. I make little adjustments to mine when I travel, seasonal changes etc.

    Most...
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    They aren't too rare, I bet if you check

    Elderly
    Gryphon
    Carter vintage
    vintage mandolin
    Mandolin Central
    Gruhn
    Intermountain Guitar and Banjo
    vintageinstruments.com
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    The price is high compared to market that I've seen.. these can change hands around $3k-3500. Crack under scroll very common on these. The back appears to be maple or unusually figured birch. In my...
  12. Thread: 1923 F4 Blackface

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    Re: 1923 F4 Blackface

    does seem possible indeed :)

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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    I've never seen a black top A2z or A2- label
  14. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    I'm thankful to have had the chance to get to know Alec briefly on a few occasions. He was an inspiring musician and a gentle soul. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and to everyone who was...
  15. Re: Mystery Gibson...What is this strange instrument?

    Regal Octofone is my guess

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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    I've got gibson branded strings from the 1900s-1930s.. enough to string up a Loar. Some years ago we pooled together and measured the gauges on them, there is probably an old thread.. they were...
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    Re: How many missing Loars?

    Documented Loars by Signature Date
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Thank you James, very interesting to hear from you and thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    That's 299 Loars. I feel we need to find another :)
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Undocumented, and a new signature date..

    It has an h4-style pickguard and tailpiece, though the bracket is a screw-in type like a typical loar (triple binding style).. This H5 appears to be...
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    Re: Why is this posted here???

    I have a strange habit of remembering serials
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    Re: Why is this posted here???

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/73987
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    We miss you Charlie. Great stuff Scott, it really...

    We miss you Charlie. Great stuff Scott, it really helps understand how it all came to be, how he felt about it, his energy, and what it meant to him to get a chance to work on "the mandolin".
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    Re: Picks - Science Question

    I've experimented with making picks too. My own findings agree with what others say..

    - a thinner pick produces more "clack" sound or the sound of the attack itself. A lot of Irish players prefer...
  25. Re: What album comes to mind when you read "Irish Bouzouki"?

    My my, certainly no one single instrument sums it all up! I would probably need to list at least 10...



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