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    New detail on early Style O neck block

    "The Gibson" over the order stamp- this is the first one of these I have seen

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  2. Re: Mandolin Mondays #172 w/ Special Guest Jack Pearson

    :redface:
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    Re: A little F-4 information

    13100 is also interesting for using the earlier scroll carving style (C-shape instead of S)

    There are a few more scattered that come after 11694 too.. some quite interesting ones to see in there!
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    Re: A little F-4 information

    inline correction
  5. Thread: Gibson?

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    Re: Gibson?

    Good advice right here.

    The truss rod and adjustible saddles both let you fine-tune the set-up a bit more. I make little adjustments to mine when I travel, seasonal changes etc.

    Most...
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    Re: 1907 Gibson F 2 in SF Bay Area Craig's List

    looks close to Larry Ellison's place.. or maybe Neil Young's :)
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    Re: 1907 Gibson F 2 in SF Bay Area Craig's List

    I'd say go scoop up unless there is serious damage not shown in pictures. That's like 40% below what they normally go for
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    They aren't too rare, I bet if you check

    Elderly
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    vintage mandolin
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    The price is high compared to market that I've seen.. these can change hands around $3k-3500. Crack under scroll very common on these. The back appears to be maple or unusually figured birch. In my...
  10. Thread: 1923 F4 Blackface

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    Re: 1923 F4 Blackface

    does seem possible indeed :)

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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    I've never seen a black top A2z or A2- label
  12. Re: Gibson Inc. Gibson Brings Out New Tenor-Lute, 1924

    It almost seems like they've confused the Gibson mandola-body instrument with a Paramount Tenor Harp (which is *really* a wooden top tenor banjo!)

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  13. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    I'm thankful to have had the chance to get to know Alec briefly on a few occasions. He was an inspiring musician and a gentle soul. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and to everyone who was...
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    Re: The only red burst Loar-signed F?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/76787
  15. Re: Mystery Gibson...What is this strange instrument?

    Regal Octofone is my guess

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    Re: Gibson Snakehead FON/Serial Nimber Question

    I've used a lot of Joe's information for ship dates at the archive, though if he has some new information from his latest version perhaps I should get back in touch with him :)

    Actually I see I am...
  17. Re: Would appreciate help identifying Gibson Mandolin

    I would remove "black" from that list, but you definitely have an A2-z!

    Top binding is common to all but the Ajr
    an inlaid "The Gibson" shows up on A1, A2, A2z, A4
    Back binding is either a2,...
  18. Re: Would appreciate help identifying Gibson Mandolin

    So A-model mandolins from 1922-1925 can be quite quirky about which catalog specs they match. A2-z was described on page 19 of Catalog "N" (image attached). This mandolin passes all the tests for an...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    I've got gibson branded strings from the 1900s-1930s.. enough to string up a Loar. Some years ago we pooled together and measured the gauges on them, there is probably an old thread.. they were...
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    Re: How many missing Loars?

    Documented Loars by Signature Date
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    Re: Portuguese mandolin

    Stefan Sobell took this design (heel blended into sides) with his Irish/Celtic mandolins/bouzoukis. They have a quite similar tonal quality too- bright/punchy, lots of sustain.

    There are only a...
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    Re: Orville Gibson A-Style

    Nice- very cool piece. I'm a sucker for the "first renaisance" or the last 3-pointers that have raised guards. Surprisingly many F2 blackface ones come up for sale, nice combination of precise...
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Thank you James, very interesting to hear from you and thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    nice, please send me a message
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Yes- it does look that way to me.. but I'm just going on the same pictures linked above.

    72663 (no pictures) is the only one earlier than this one- that must be the one you mean
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