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    Re: acoustic/electric mandolin in 2021

    A lot of Eastmans are available with pickups these days.
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    Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    Have you looked under the truss rod cover and the electronics cavity cover? Some builders will hide a name, number or other info in there.

    The guitar builders that are coming to mind are Parker...
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    Re: Odd Gibson A4 on eBay

    Well, there's some rubbish in the description about "it was put away in the closet because of the binding falling off. it now has the correct vintage ivroid grained binding and the binding was then...
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    Odd Gibson A4 on eBay

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/125029403306

    FON and SN both indicate 1920. Seller insists it's not refinished, but I insist that the seller is mistaken.

    I'm curious about the pickguard. I thought...
  5. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    Pretty sure that I've come across a batwing labeled '65.
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    Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    i have a dim memory of seeing an instrument very much like this one at Guitarville in Shoreline, WA ... some 18 years ago or thereabouts.
  7. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    No idea what they cost new, but some folks here might have old Harmony catalogs and actually be able to answer that question.

    Acoustics on these aren't very good either way, although there is a...
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    Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    Complete photos of headstock and back would help.

    First guess is G.D. Armstrong.
    http://www.gdarmstrong.com/
  9. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    Were you the one who took it apart? Have you plugged it in to see if it works?

    The number is a lot number, not a serial number. These did not receive individual numbers.
  10. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    Well, that's gonna need some attention from a luthier with the patience to shove all the electronics through that little hole and put them back in place, assuming that the pots, knobs, jack, and...
  11. Thread: Harmony h35

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    Re: Harmony h35

    There should also be a stamp inside that says MADE IN USA F69 (or S65, etc.). That's the year of manufacture. F is first half of the year, S is second half.

    But yeah, we can't tell you anything...
  12. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    Don't forget the mandobass, the octomandobass, and the subcontraoctomandobass. To say nothing of resophonics.
  13. Thread: Orchestra

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    Re: Orchestra

    A lot of orchestras are in need of more mandola players, so if you have a viola background that's always an option (provided, of course, that you can get your hands on a mandola).

    Given the...
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    Re: Some Rescue Intruments in Iowa

    Violin belonged to the emperor Nero, obviously.
  15. Re: Parting out an EM150 ... why would someone DO this?

    Well, it all adds up to a little over $1400 ... but the same amount could have been earned with a lot less work. Whatevah.
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    Re: Help me date a Lyon & Healy C model

    What about the tailpiece?
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    Simply removing the tuners and switching sides, as rcc56 suggests, is the first thing the OP should try. That puts the worms in the correct orientation and may resolve some of the problems.

    On...
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    Re: Help me date a Lyon & Healy C model

    If it's short-scale it should have patent dates on both the tailpiece base and the pickguard.

    Does it have a pull-out rest? (It shouldn't but I have owned one Style C that did.)

    Does it have...
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    yes, 32388 would make sense as a serial number, indicating a shipping date of late 1915.
  20. Luthier special: Sheraton brown Gibson A2 in need of help

    https://www.musicgoround.com/product/40123-S000094316/used-gibson-a2-mandolin-1919-as-is-parts-mandolin
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Keep an eye on Reverb and eBay ... used Godins will come around.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Well, I have no wish to impugn anyone's character, but Crafters are not high-quality instruments.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    If the serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock, that suggests a factory reneck from the early 1960s. That might explain the crude inlay too.

    Factory order number of 3256 suggests a...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Godin, hands down.
    Ortega should stick to green chiles.
  25. Re: Parting out an EM150 ... why would someone DO this?

    Then I withdraw the remark. No insult was intended, I assure you. I suppose we're too laid back for our own good out here on the left coast.
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