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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    They were discontinued in 2009.

    The banjo community has discovered that they can get by just fine without Gibson. They are not even discussing this subject on their forum.
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The banjo community has not been discussing these events. They have moved on.
  3. Thread: Starter Tools

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    Re: Starter Tools

    It occurs to me that the absolute essentials for a scratch built carved top instrument are one or two gouges, an arched sole plane with toothed blade, some sort of graduating caliper, perhaps a...
  4. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The current state of supply for new Gibson mandolins:

    Morgan Music advertises one F-9 in stock.
    The Mandolin Store advertises a total of perhaps 9 or 10 total: 1 each of the F-9, 1 F-5G "Black...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    To answer Bernie's question about Flatirons, the carved models had been available for several years before Gibson bought them in May of 1987. The majority of them were A models.

    I'm not sure of...
  6. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    For the record, Flatiron started making mandolins in 1977. Gibson bought them in 1987. Flatiron had been making carved mandolins in significant numbers by 1983. I believe that most of the...
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    Re: Information about Luigi Tango mandolin

    Luigi Fenga, 1866-1939, was a violin maker from Catania, Italy. He is considered to have been a violin maker of quality, and his violins have brought several thousand dollars at auction. His shop...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gilchrist made 9 instruments from 1976 to '77, 39 in '78, and 30 in '79. He has maintained production continuously since then, except for a break from early 1985 to early 1987.
  9. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    This is one of the reasons I seek other alternatives first and only use CA as a last resort. Sooner or later, someone will have to work on the instrument again.
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    197 posts in 4 1/2 days, the majority of them not very favorable to Gibson.
    Even if they win a settlement, they are probably not helping themselves . . .
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gibson just closed their Memphis plant. They are getting smaller. However, my young friend who works for them again mentioned that they are building a new corporate office in downtown Nashville. ...
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Maybe he's "consulting." They are paying him a "consulting fee" as part of the settlement. :grin:

    Kudo's to Gibson for winning the "good will of the year" award. :disbelief:
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    Re: Gibson FON and serial number question.

    When Joe Spann's "Guide to Gibson" came out, he updated the serial number list as well as providing the FON tables.
    According to the serial number listing on page 191, 82525 would indicate early...
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Beard seems to be doing a fine business making resonator guitars.

    Nobody cares about the Dobro name anymore. The resonator guitar community has moved on, and now relates the Dobro brand to...
  15. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    A common method is to use a Dremel in a small router base with either a conical bit such as the Stew-mac #1180, or the ~.020" or .022" burr of your choice from a jeweler's supply house. If you use...
  16. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    New management, same old stuff.

    Gibson seems to have difficulty adapting to a changing market and manufacturing environment.
    Electric guitar sales are down world-wide. Electric guitar oriented...
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    Re: about gluing in a fret

    CA might hold it, or might not. Binding cement is a poor choice.

    A suggestion instead: ding the back of the tang with a cold chisel several times across its length. This is how we expanded the...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The last time I checked, new Collings mandolins were being advertised at prices 5% - 10% less than equivalent Gibson mandolins. That is, if you can find a new Gibson mandolin. As far as I know, new...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    One of their employees has told me that they are planning to build a new corporate office.

    That seems to be an unwise expenditure for a corporation that is emerging from bankruptcy, has closed...
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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    There are loads of alternatives to ebony. Lighter colored woods can be dyed. Most of today's ebony is not perfectly black anyway, and many factories dye it as a matter of course.

    There is...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    Yes, it should only be necessary to replace the first five if the rest are in good shape and a good match for the wire can be found.

    We do it all the time. I've done 2 partial refrets in the last...
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    Re: Question about glue

    I can't think of any joint in new construction where there is any problem using HHG.

    For large gluings such as tops and backs, glue and clamp the blocks first. Then, apply the glue into the seam...
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    Re: Question about glue

    If tradition was the only reason for using hide glue, I would not use it. Titebond Original is simpler to use, and is more user-friendly.

    But instead, I use it for its properties, many of which...
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Whatever you use, I would follow it with at least one careful washing of denatured alcohol, maybe two.

    That's got work written all over it. At least it's easier to pull a bridge plate from the...
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    Re: TG 50 Gibson dating

    The round soundhole, flat back, and relatively small sunburst tend to indicate an early model; circa 1933 or '34.
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