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  1. Re: Where does the strap go on a Strad-o-lin (no end button)?

    My Gibson A-jr doesn't have a strap button either, so I just play sitting down. I actually prefer that anyway, since sitting makes it easier to not rest the back of the instrument against my torso...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    Interesting thoughts. My own experience has taught me that lack of pointiness actually makes for smoother tremolo. A thick, stuff, rounded, beveled pick like a Wegen M250 makes fast, controlled...
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    Re: New picks - Flow, Wegen, Primetones

    I've been favoring the Dunlop Big Stubby (Lexan, 3mm) lately for the brilliant tone I get from it, but I also like the Primetone 1.5mmm Triangle (512P1.5) and 2mm Standard (510P2.0). The Wegen TF140...
  4. Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    This PDF is better than the one on Goodin's site. The images are in better focus and the contrast is higher. It also appears to be a newer printing than Goodin's, judging from the price change (2...
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    Re: Thick Picks?

    11.85" would be truly remarkable (not to mention unusable), but that one is actually 11.85mm. :) It would be interesting to try one of those, but I think 3mm is about my limit.
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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I've always used thin celluloid picks on guitar (around .6mm) and somewhat thicker ones on bass guitar (around 1mm) but for mandolin I prefer much stiffer picks made of different materials, typically...
  7. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The one on the left looks like a Gibson A-something snakehead to me. The other one definitely isn't a Gibson, though I don't know what it is.
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    There's nothing wrong with using any pick you like. The Fenders are fine, but Dunlop Primetone and Big Stubby are also quite nice. And there's always Wegen if you feel like splurging; I like the...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    My '23 snakehead A-Jr is the best-sounding mandolin I've ever come across. There really is something special about those early '20s instruments. I recently played a 1907 Gibson H-1 mandola, but while...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    This thread seems incredibly confused. The OP asked about "round-core" strings but most of the responses talk about flatwound strings. Isn't the shape of the core separate from the type of winding...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    The explanation of the -44 part of the FON being the position of the instrument in the batch is in Spann's book.
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    That number is not a serial number, it's a factory order number (FON). The serial number would be printed on a sticker attached to the back of the instrument on the inside, while the FON was...
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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    I have those tuners from Stewmac on my 1923 A-Jr. They work well and look right. I still have the original tuners in the case, but they don't work too well anymore.
  14. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    For my electric guitar and bass setups, I use TC Electronics' Polytune Mini. Works really well, very accurate.
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    Re: Loar-period A-Jrs.

    I believe the snakeheads were made only from 1922 through 1924 or '25, and A-Jr's were all Sheraton Brown.
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    Re: string gauges

    Related question: Does the lack of a truss rod in low-end vintage Gibsons (such as my '23 A-Jr) make lighter strings preferable to reduce tension on the neck? Or are their solid necks strong enough...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I started on a Kentucky KM-630. Not a bad instrument at all, but I recently upgraded to a vintage Gibson, a 1923 snakehead A-Jr. It wasn't really a question of being "ready" to upgrade; I just liked...
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    Re: Takamine mandolin

    I've never heard anyone say it in any other way than "tah-kah-MEE-nee".

    I own two Takamine acoustics: a 1975 F-385 (12-string) and a 1998 F-370SS (6-string). Both are really good, but the F-370SS...
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    Re: Loar-period A-Jrs.

    Hi, folks. I'm new here. Funny to see this topic coming up just now, as I too just bought my first vintage Gibson mandolin (replacing a Kentucky 630), and it is also a Loar-era snakehead A Jr. The...
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