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    Re: 19.5"short-scale Octave Strings?

    The wood on the back and sides is Claro Walnut, highly figured. The maker said it was from old trees from the Sacramento Valley in CA. Engelemann Spruce top and African Mahogany neck.
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    19.5"short-scale Octave Strings?

    I have recently purchased a custom built 19.5" scale length OM. I know it is in that never-land of mandola/OM's size :confused: but I would like to play it in gdae...It has a carved spruce top with...
  3. Thread: Mandola tuners

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    Mandola tuners

    I am in the middle of making a mandola (16 inch scale) and I am wondering are there mandola tuners or do you just use regular mandolin...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson f4 set up problems

    I'll get with a local teacher and see what he thinks...
    Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: 1917 Gibson f4 set up problems

    I think I put this reply in the wrong place...The photos show the MOP nut on my f4. Like I said, I hope this will shed some light on my problem of being hard to fret. (Or maybe I'm just a whimpy...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson f4 set up problems

    f4 MOP nut
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    Re: 1917 Gibson f4 set up problems

    The height of the strings is about 3 mm at the 12th fret.
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    1917 Gibson f4 set up problems

    :confused: As a new member, I have had lots of help and now I need one more; I am a banjo player and inherited a real nice original 1917 f4. I had a professional do the set up so I would have a...
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    Re: Pickguards on vintage mandolins

    Thanks. I will leave them on.
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    Pickguards on vintage mandolins

    I have two vintage Gibson mandolins, both completely original. I have read on some threads that the plastic pickguards made in those days (90-100 years ago) deteriorate and eventually adversely...
  11. Go-to guy for vintage instrument repair in North Carolina

    I just had my 1922 A4 and 1917 F4 refretted/repaired by David Sheppard in Mt. Airy, NC

    He was referred to me by a couple of Cafe members and they were right.

    They are perfectly set up and ready...
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    How to stain a mandolin

    I am considering doing a build and want to make a sunburst stain on both sides.
    I have looked around and it seems that there is a base stain applied, then a sealer before continuing with the...
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    Re: What was the 1917 F4 nut made of?

    Just an update for anyone who cares...I saw a reprint of Catalog "J" 1917 for Gibson instruments and on page 52 and 53 it advertises the f4 indicating it has a mother of pearl nut.
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    What was the 1917 F4 nut made of?

    I have a 1917 Gibson F4 with a mother of pearl nut. The mandolin looks to be all original, but the guy who is going to refret it says that the MOP nut is not original. Can someone shed some light...
  15. Re: Vintage Gibson mandolin Repair in North Carolina?

    Thanks. I live just down the road in Winston-Salem so I'll look him up.
  16. Vintage Gibson mandolin Repair in North Carolina?

    I am looking for someone who has lots of experience with older (1917, 1922) A-4 and F-4 Gibsons. I need refretting and some binding work and not sure what else.
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