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    Re: Ome mandolins

    Quite a coincidence isn't it.
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    Ome mandolins

    Ome made their first mandolins in the spring of 1975. I bought #2 "A" model directly at the shop. The first 4 were made by Mike Kemnitzer. He also cut some inlays for future use that were similar to...
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    Re: Worst scroll of the last century?

    Finally someone got it right.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    This is the one time I tried to make a replica. It's a long story why it ended up here and not on the instrument, but it looks like I failed the test.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    I have to admit, the fret thing is pretty far in the weeds even for me.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    I'd love to see Gibson do well and I've posted examples when they did it right like Sierra Hulls MM or one particular Doyle Lawson that looked great. I'm encouraging them to head it that direction....
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    I said hawksbill but I think I meant eaglebeak.
    Here's one I'm familiar with. After studying this subject for years one thing I've noticed about good looking scrolls is that the opening doesn't get...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    The reason there's a point in the florida transition started with the oval mandolins. It was to blend the FB to the soundhole and was carried over to the F5.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    But back in '81 they didn't have a knack for it yet.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Here's a 2000 F5L I found. Charlie was getting it pretty close in these early days of Gibson building their own.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Describing this minutia seems pretty fanatical but you have to remember that in the early 2000's Gibson was making a lot of threats about using what they thought was their proprietary stuff. It...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    To me the best scrolls were always the teens mandolins. No quick bends, just perfect flow.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Well, your scroll has what has been called a "hawksbill". It's a small detail that doesn't bother most I guess but it's like the installer took some needle nose and put in the quick final bend to...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Yeah, it always seemed to me the earliest Derrington mandolins before the turn of the century had the best looking scrolls.
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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    How is Mr. Randy Wood still going? I was in high school when he built his first mandolin and I'm an old man!
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    So were those photo's? Because it would be hard for an artist to get the detail that well.
  17. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Pauls had a long-standing Saturday afternoon bluegrass jam until Covid shut it down.
  18. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I also did this to it.
    But back to the original question, I used the Siminoff binding rout Dremel cutter and didn't get it nearly deep enough so it's painfully thin in most places.
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    I had told myself I would someday build an F mandolin in 1972. The first one took most of 1979 and finished in spring of 1980. I'm also probably the only one who can claim Nugget did the finish on...
  20. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    His point in carving the inside first was so it would sit level while carving the outside. Seems better to make a cradle and do it the other way around. But that's just one of many examples. My...
  21. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    In a lot of ways the first 2 problems were mostly cosmetic but on #3 I got the recurve under the tailpiece too thin and it collapsed from string tension. The greatest luthier almost no one has heard...
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    Charlie Derrington interview

    Just re-watched the interview with Charlie right after he had presented Bill with his repaired mandolin. The interviewer asked about the importance of Bill's mandolin and Charlie said it was valued...
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    Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    Didn't WW1 have something to do with why they couldn't be imported?
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    I've been of the opinion that quality tuners shouldn't need lubrication, but these seem to have progressively gotten tighter or maybe I'm getting weaker.
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    In the meantime I had just gotten some Boeshield T9 to lube the electric steps on my motor room so I sprayed on in a cup and applied with a fine tip brush. Seems to have helped.
    Jim, gonna see you...
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