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  1. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    This serial number is so close to '24 that it would be hard to argue whether it's a 23 or 24. The Loar mandolins signed on December 11, 1923 are about 300 numbers earlier
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    Re: 1923 A4 Gibson Value

    The prices are all over the place. I know for a fact that several snake A4's have recently sold for $6000 or a bit more. It requires the right person at the right time. The $4000-$4500 range does...
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    Re: 1923 A4 Gibson Value

    The crack sounds like a "heat bending crack" in the side. These are common and usually left the factory that way. They are like a layer of wood sticking up slightly. They were glued down and...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I would like to add this. Outside of a very few high end builders, most builders are not fantastic at everything. Whether it be frets, finish, fit, creating a specific sonic quality, following a...
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

    Max, I do this all the time. On a router table, with pattern bit, template and carpet tape. The trick is to work the celluloid down close to the pattern you are using via a spindle sander. This...
  6. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    You may be correct there. I can't see the texture in any photos, but the color is there
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    Re: '17 A-1 Bridge

    An accurate Loar style adjustable bridge will do the following to your mandolin: 1) Provide a better balance of bass and treble, 2) provide a tighter more attackable feel to the strings, for a bit...
  8. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    I agree on the assessment of the finish. I see no evidence of refinish. The bridge and pickguard appear to be original to the mandolin. There are no marks from a shorter smaller solid bridge. ...
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    Re: Rigel tailpiece replacement

    I may have one or two if that does not work
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    I must ask this question here. Is there another set of holes in the fingerboard where the guard may possibly have been installed in another position?

    I ask only because the guard tip usually...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Hogo and RC are exactly correct. They are at an angle and are usually somewhat corroded and very difficult to remove.

    I believe these were installed at like a 30 degree angle so the nails could...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I meant no harm. I just meant to clarify that it's not some secret handshake society of Shieks

    Oddball stuff needs to be one offs. We do usually have an F4 or F7 although they don't meet the...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well, Bill, that's a bit schmaltzy, I run the Loar Fest portion of the Banjothon event. The entire event is not advertised and is by word of mouth for numerous reasons which we will not discuss. It...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I recommend no. It's original to the mandolin. Removal was tried on an unsigned currently for sale. End result is "finish has been messed with"
  15. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    The are no repairs to the instrument. The pickguard is one of my replacements. As to it being "refreshed/French polished". This is an enigma. The mandolin bears a 1925-ish finish, but is of 1918...
  16. Thread: 1918 f4

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    1918 f4

    Here are some photos of an F4 I got a few months back. Also included is a rare case I just got from a Café member

    I apologize for the orientation stuff, it's an iPhone. Maybe Scott will be nice...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I fully believe that Gibson started overspraying all instruments that left the factory at some point around early 1925. I believe this happened in conjunction with the change to a soft lacquer...
  18. Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    Correct. Simply paint your teeth with white Rust-O-Leum. Voila, enamel is fixed
  19. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    This is how the frets are supposed to line up
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  20. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    This picture is from about 1972. This is not the original fingerboard. The frets are not in the correct position compared to the "Florida Curves". The frets are supposed to line up exactly with...
  21. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    This is the original fingerboard. All the album covers during this period have the original board, and are post Gibson working on the mando
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I am pretty cut and dry about Virzi's. I dislike them in F5's and like them in oval hole mandolins. However, there is a real conundrum here. The only reason I like them in an oval hole is because...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    You bring up an oft overlooked fact regarding the sound of certain models. I speak in terms of side height without the top and back. Oval hole A-models are 1-1/2" tall, whereas the F-models...
  24. Re: what size flathead screw for a 1920 F2 pickguard clamp

    To further clarify, I have not had much trouble obtaining it. I just say I'm The F5 Journal and I make mandolin and guitar parts. It contains 1.5% Sodium Cyanide. The formula still works well, but...
  25. Re: what size flathead screw for a 1920 F2 pickguard clamp

    I'm not seeing it. I would call and order it. I just got some 4 months ago
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